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Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli fire, army probing incident

Posted May 15

— Israel's military is probing an incident in which a Gaza fisherman was killed after soldiers opened fire at a boat that ignored calls to stop.

It said in a statement that a vessel deviated from Gaza's fishing zone Monday and continued its advance despite warning calls and shots in the air urging it to stop. Soldiers then shot at the vessel wounding one man who later died in a hospital. The military said it is reviewing the incident.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said several boats were chased in separate incidents over the past 24 hours.

Israel set a limit on the fishing area for Hamas-ruled Gaza after the Islamic militant group seized it from forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007. Earlier this month, Israel increased the fishing area from six to nine nautical miles.

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