IOF shelling targets Palestinian fishing boats, border areas

[ 02/12/2010 – 10:15 AM ]


RAFAH, (PIC)– Israeli navy and ground forces shelled Palestinian fishing boats and border areas in the Gaza Strip at dawn Thursday causing material damage but no casualties, local sources reported.

Sources in the marine police told the PIC reporter that Israeli navy gunboats opened heavy machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the southern city of Rafah forcing fishermen to abandon them.

The navy vessels routinely target Palestinian fishing boats to deter them from fishing in deep waters; more often than not fishermen were wounded or detained other than suffering material damage inflicted on their boats.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces stationed north of the Strip fired tank shells at border areas east of Jabalia town north of Gaza.

Local sources said that the tanks fired 17 shells in less than a minute spreading fear in the nearby residential quarters, adding that they all fell in cultivated land lots.

IOF shelling targets Palestinian fishing boats, border areas.

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