GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –– Gunboats of the Israeli navy opened fire at Gaza fishermen as they sailed in their small boats off the coast in northwestern Gaza City overnight Saturday and early Sunday morning.
Residents of the al-Sudaniyya neighborhood say that they first heard several blasts overnight and around 6 a.m. they heard machine gun shooting. No injuries have been reported.
About 4,000 men live on fishing in the coastal enclave, 90 percent of whom are poor according to a 2011 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The poverty rate among fishermen increased by 40 percent compared to 2008 as a result of Israeli limits on the fishing industry especially the narrowing of the Gaza fishing zone to 6 nautical miles.