Egyptian mediators in Gaza to push for reconciliation between Palestinian factions

Azzam al-Ahmad

Azzam al-Ahmad

Israeli naval forces have opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, killing a fisherman and injuring two others.

The Gaza Fisherman's Union identified the three men as Mahmoud Adel Abu Riala, 18, Ismail Salah Abu Riala, 18, and Ahed Hassan Abu Ali, 26.

An Israeli Navy vessel fired on a boat Sunday after it ignored warnings and strayed from a fishing area in the northern Gaza Strip toward Israel, a military spokeswoman said. Fishermen called an immediate two-day strike.

The incident mirrors a similar one from May 2017, when a Palestinian fisherman was shot to death after his boat sailed off the fishing zone in the northern Gaza Strip.

Under the Oslo peace accords, the fishing zone is supposed to extend to 20 nautical miles, but it has shrunk over the years as the Tel Aviv regime has imposed greater restrictions.

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The Egyptian security delegation had kicked off, since its arrival in Gaza on Sunday, first steps to resolve disputes between the Hamas and Fatah movements regarding empowering the Palestinian government.

About 4,000 fishermen work in Gaza, half of whom live below the poverty line.

Addressing the use of lethal violence, Amnesty International noted that Israeli forces killed 76 Palestinians and one foreign national in 2017, adding that "many, including children, were shot and unlawfully killed while posing no immediate threat to life".

East Jerusalem has drawn world attention since U.S. President Donald Trump on December 6 officially recognized the holy city as the capital of Israel, triggering world outcry and protests across the Palestinian territories.

Earlier, a Palestinian schoolteacher told Ruptly video agency that he was savagely mauled by an Israeli military dog in a raid on his home in the West Bank.

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