Gaza fishermen on strike to protest Israeli attack on fishing boat

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-26 03:49:40|Editor: yan
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GAZA, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The fishermen in the Gaza Strip announced Sunday that they are going on a two-day general strike in protest against the Israeli killing of one of their colleagues, the Gaza Fishermen Union announced.

Nizar Ayyash, chairman of the union told reporters in Gaza that the fishermen decided to go for a two-day general strike in protest the Israeli army naval forces attack on a fishing boat, where one was killed and two wounded and detained.

Earlier on Sunday, the Israeli army spokesman said in a statement that the Israeli army naval forces opened fire at a fishing boat that sailed beyond the allowed area for fishing, where three fishermen wounded; one of them was seriously injured, and then died later of his sustained wounds.

Islamic Hamas movement's spokesman Abdulatif al-Qanou'a said in an emailed press statement that the Israeli occupation naval forces attack on the fishermen and their boat is an awful Israeli crime against innocent fishermen.

He said that Israel is fully responsible "for these crimes, which are another type of the endless ongoing Israeli aggression against our people."

Meanwhile, Zakareya Bakker, the coordinator of the fishermen committees in Gaza said that Ismail Abu Reyallah, 18 years old was killed and two other fishermen were injured and arrested by the Israeli army forces.

He said that according to the reports of the Palestinian-Israeli liaison office, the Israeli army still holds the body of Abu Reyallah without providing any more details of the two other fishermen who were injured and arrested.

In May last year, another Palestinian fisherman was shot dead by the gunfire of the Israeli army naval forces in the sea of the Gaza Strip.