Two Palestinians, an Islamic Jihad member and an innocent fisherman were killed Saturday when an Israeli Navy gunship opened fire at a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, sources in the Strip reported Saturday.
The IDF has denied the report.
According to the sources, the Islamic Jihad member who was killed was identified as Mizar Abu-Arab of the Shati refugee camp in Gaza.
The incident occurred a short while after a militant from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, was injured in an explosion that occurred near Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Sources from Fatah said that the IDF fired at the man.
The army said in response that forces fired at three gunmen who approached the security fence near Beit Lahiya.
Over the weekend a number of clashes were reported between IDF forces and Hamas terrorists in Gaza, mainly near the security fence in the southern Strip and the Palestinian airport.
Meanwhile, at least two Palestinians were killed and up to 20 wounded in Gaza City on Saturday in clashes between Hamas Islamists and a clan loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, hospital officials said.
Medical staff said one of the dead was a member of the clan and the other a 13-year-old boy who was caught in the crossfire. The boy's father was one of the wounded.
Reuters contributed to the report