Fact Sheet

 

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
documented 12 attacks launched by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) against Palestinian
fishermen during the reporting period (01– 30 September 2012),[1]
including incidents in which the IOF fired at fishermen and fishing boats, as a
result of which a fisherman was killed and his brother was wounded while they
were fishing near the shore of Beit Lahia town in the north of the Gaza
Strip.  In addition, 3 fishing boats
belonging to Palestinian fishermen were partially damaged, along with their
fishing equipment.

 

Violation of the Right to Life and Security of
Person

 

Israel’s attacks against Palestinian fishermen
in the Gaza Strip constitutes a flagrant violation of international
humanitarian and human rights law, especially the right to life and security of
the person, in accordance with Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to
which the State of Israel is a party.  IOF perpetrated violations against
Palestinian fishermen in the sea, when these fishermen did not pose any threat
to Israeli naval troops.  The fishermen were practicing their right to
work and seeking their livelihood within the territorial waters of the Gaza
Strip when the IOF attacked them.

 

First: Fisherman Killed and Brother Wounded
While Fishing in Gaza Water

 

At Approximately 09:30 Sunday, 28 September
2012, an Israeli infantry unit stormed the northwest border between the Gaza
Strip and Israel, and advanced nearly 20 meters within the boundaries of the
Strip’s coastal borders northwest of Beit Lahia, and fired at the fishermen present
there. As a result, a fisherman, Fahmi Saleh
Fahmi Abu Riash (22), from Beit Lahia, was wounded by a bullet to the left
thigh and another bullet to the left buttock that settled in the pelvis,
causing an acute hemorrhage in the lower part of the abdomen,
for which
he was transported to Kamal Edwan
Hospital in Beit Lahia.
At
approximately 15:30 on the same day, Fahmi Abu Riash was taken to the operation
room, where he underwent a two-hour surgery. He was then taken to the intensive
care unit, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 22:30.
[2]

 

 

In the same incident, another fisherman, Yousef
Saleh Fahmi Abu Riash (19),
was also transported to Kamal Edwan Hospital in Beith Lahia after being wounded
by bullet shrapnel to the left
hand
.[3]

 

Second: Damage of Fishing Equipment

· At
approximately 09:00 on 28 September 2012, Israeli gunboats stationed off
Al-Waha resort, north of Beit Lahia, opened fire intensively at 8 Palestinian
fishing boats. As a result, the Palestinian fishermen were terrorized, fled in
fear of being subject to arrest or injury, leaving their fishing nets behind
and the Israeli gunboats damaged them.

· At
approximately 09:00 on 22 September 2012, Israeli gunboats stationed off Gaza
Sea Port, west of Gaza, opened fire intensively at fishing boats present
at the port, which resulted in damaging a fishing boat belonging to fisherman
Nasser Mohammad Abu-Omaira (45), from the Beach Camp in Gaza.

· At
approximately 16:00 Saturday, 22 September 2012, Israeli gunboats stationed off
Gaza Sea Port attacked two fishing boats and tried to drown them, which
resulted in damaging the front of the first boat and its engine. The damage
caused to the second boat was partial, inflicted on the power generator and two
torches installed on its roof.

Table of Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza City

(01 July – 31 August 2012)

 

Month

Firing

Killed Persons

Injuries

Damage of Fishing Equipment

September

12

1

1

3

 

 

 



[1]
This fact sheet issued by PCHR is the ninth of its kind.  It addresses
violations carried out by the IOF against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza
Strip while practicing their work.  For more details, see Fact Sheets at: www.pchrgaza.org.

[2]
For more details,
see PCHR Press Release on Israeli Attacks against Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza
Sea
issued on 30 September 2012 at: www.pchrgaza.org.

[3] Ibid.