Egyptian fire kills Palestinian at sea

Egyptian naval forces have previously opened fire on Gazans they accused of crossing the maritime border

epa06436146 Sons and mother of Palestinian fisherman, Abdallah Zidan, mourn during his funeral in the streets of Al Shateaa refugee camp, Gaza, Gaza Strip, 13 January 2018. Zidan, 33, was reportedly shot dead on 13 January while he was fishing on a boat in the beach of Rafah town near the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials called for an immediate investigation into the incident.  EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

The Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the Gaza ministry said on Saturday.

Egyptian officials had no immediate comment on the incident which happened late on Friday after dark near the southern border-town Rafah, according to Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qidra.

It could not be confirmed whether the fisherman, Abdallah Zidan, 33, was attempting to cross into Egyptian waters. Egyptian naval forces have previously opened fire on Gazans they accused of crossing the maritime border.

Fishermen from Gaza have often brought in catch from Egyptian territory to sidestep restrictions imposed by Israel’s naval blockade of the enclave, which Israel maintains citing security concerns.

Gaza fishermen say that the limited fishing zone imposed by Israel is not big enough to meet demand of the coastal strip’s 2 million people.

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