JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli navy vessel sank a Palestinian boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip early Saturday, killing a fisherman, military and Palestinian security officials said.
The boat entered a no-fishing zone from the direction of Egypt and did not respond to warning shots from the navy vessel, the military said. Instead, shots were fired from the boat and from the Gaza coast at the Israeli vessel, the military said. The Israeli vessel then fired at the boat, sinking it.
Palestinian security officials said the Israeli ship opened fire at several fishing boats without provocation.
They said the fishermen were in an authorized fishing area, and the military vessel attacked without firing any warning shots. They said the Israelis had fired warning shots in similar situations in the past.
The dead fisherman was identified as Ziad Dardawel, 22.