Israeli navy forces have shot and wounded two Palestinian fishermen near the coast of the Gaza Strip.
The fishermen were shot off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. They were then taken to a Gaza hospital for treatment. The Israeli military ships routinely open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, on the pretext of fishing in un-authorized waters. There were a total of 35 incidents of shootings in March alone, which left 10 fishermen injured. Last summer, a ceasefire which put an end to Israel's deadly assault on Gaza, stipulated that Tel Aviv would expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from the shore. But since then, Palestinian fishermen have been attacked within those new limits. Tel Aviv has imposed a total air, ground and naval blockade on Gaza since 2007.