At 6:40am Israeli gunboats stationed north of the Gaza strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within two nautical miles, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights’ (PCHR) investigation found. The gunboats surrounded a boat manned by two fishermen, Uranus Sharif Mohammed al-’Abed al-Sultan (22) and Hasan Mahmoud ‘Abed al-Malek al-Sultan (23), from al-Salateen neighbourhood. The naval soldiers ordered the fishermen to remove their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. They then arrested the fishermen and confiscated the fishing boat.
The PCHR issued a three-part statement following the arrests strongly condemned ongoing Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza strip. First, the PCHR called upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to intervene to stop all Israeli violations against fishermen and allow them to fish freely in the Gaza Sea. Second, it called upon the Israeli authorities to stop chasing the fishermen and enable them to fish freely, especially that they do not pose threat to the Israel authorities. Finally, it called for releasing the arrested fishermen and fishing equipment detained by the Israeli authorities.