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