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Israel targets Palestinian fishing boats

Israeli gunboats have attacked Palestinian fishing boats in the coastal areas of the beleaguered Gaza Strip, a report says.

Israeli navy forces on Friday morning opened fire at the fishing boats in the waters off Rafah, in the south, and As-Sudaniyah, north of Gaza, Ma'an news agency reported.

A Palestinian fisherman was wounded and three boats were damaged in the attack, the report added.

Head of Emergency and Ambulance Services in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Muawiyah Hassanein, said the man was not seriously injured.

Israel has deployed gunboats along the Gaza coast, monitoring Palestinian movements and causing panic among fishermen who regularly come under fire from Israeli naval forces.

The attacks further aggravate the economic situation in Gaza where an almost two-year Israeli blockade has pushed Gazans on the brink of starvation.

Authorities in Egypt -- who in line with Tel Aviv have been imposing movement restrictions in and out of the densely populated coastal sliver -- have closed nine tunnels at the Egyptian side of Rafah border, through which Palestinian say they receive fuel and other basic supplies.

The Rafah tunnels were demolished late on Thursday and several fuel pumps were seized by the Egyptian security forces. A truckload of sheep destined for the tunnels was also confiscated.

Israel partially opened one crossing on Friday while it did not allow the passage of the fuel into the energy-striped territory for the fourth day this week.

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Added: Apr-3-2009 
By: Gr8virtue
Middle East
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