Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army: Palestinians


Gaza City — A fisherman from the Gaza Strip was shot dead by the Egyptian army overnight for unclear reasons, Palestinian officials said Saturday, calling for an immediate investigation into the incident.

Medical sources in Gaza said that Abdullah Zeidan, 33, from the Shati refugee camp, was shot in the chest by Egyptian forces near the naval border with Egypt in the south of the coastal enclave.

He was taken to hospital but died early Saturday morning.

Gaza's interior ministry said an initial investigation indicated "the Palestinian fishing boat did not cross the Egyptian (maritime) border".

"We call on the Egyptian authorities to open an urgent investigation into this incident," spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said in a statement.

Egyptian officials did not immediately comment.

The head of the fishing union in Gaza announced a halt in fishing until Sunday evening in protest at the killing.

The Hamas group, which dominates Gaza, condemned the "unjustified" attack.

In 2015, a Palestinian fisherman was killed in a similar incident.

Egypt has been battling extremists for years in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, bordering Gaza and Israel. As part of the crackdown, it has created buffer zone along its land border with Gaza and beefed up maritime security. — Agencies