Israeli forces have injured a Palestinian fisherman in a shooting off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip, reports say.
Witnesses said on Tuesday that an unidentified young fisherman was seriously wounded when he was shot in the back and hand off the northwestern coast of Gaza City.
The sources said the fisherman, who seemed to be in his early 20s, was taken to the al-Shifa hospital, where officials reportedly said he was in critical condition.
However, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Tel Aviv was not aware of any injuries sustained by a Palestinian.
Attacks by Israeli forces on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip have increased since the Israeli war of summer 2014.
The rise in such instances of violence comes despite a ceasefire agreement reached between representatives of the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas following the war.
Under the truce, Tel Aviv agreed to increase the fishing area off the coast of Gaza to six nautical miles from the previous three nautical miles.
However, human rights organizations say the Israeli military has attacked Gazan fishermen a significant number of times since the end of the war.
In May alone, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported a total of 51 incidents of shooting, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests by Israeli forces.
Palestinian fishermen say Israeli forces often target their boats before they reach the agreed limit.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007. The siege has resulted in a sharp decline in the standard of living for Palestinians and a rise in the level of unemployment and poverty.