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IDF gunboat fire wounds 2 Gazans
Palestinian medical official says man, girl injured by shell while walking on street. Army says it was firing to deter Palestinian fishing vessel that strayed off-limits

A Palestinian medical official said that an Israeli gunboat firing off the shores of Gaza City on Thursday morning wounded a man and a girl.


The Israeli military said in response that it was firing to deter a Palestinian fishing vessel that had strayed off-limits.


According to the reports, the fire was directed at the Sudaniya area in the western part of Gaza City. Dr. Moaiya Hassanain says a shell fired by the boat hit a house in a beachside refugee camp. He says the two who were wounded were walking in the street.


Another shell landed 100 yards away in an empty area near a UN aid distribution center, the report said.


Three gunboats were operating off Gaza City's coast Thursday.  


According to the Palestinians, gunboats have been firing off Gaza's shore for several days despite a ceasefire that has ended a three-week Israeli offensive against Gaza rocket operations aimed at Israel.


The claimed that the gunboat fire was aimed at deterring the residents and fishermen from returning to a normal way of life.


Hanan Greenberg and Ali Waked contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 01.22.09, 09:27
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