Palestinian sources said that the Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat, and there were conflicting reports about the fate of the fishermen on board.
In statements carried by the Anadolu Agency, the captain of the fishermen’s union in Gaza, Nizar Ayyash, said that boats belonging to the Egyptian navy chased the boat after it crossed the Egyptian maritime borders off the Rafah area (southern Gaza Strip), and he talked about the arrest of 3 fishermen who were in the boat.
But Ayyash said – in statements to the Palestinian “Ma’an” agency – that there is talk about the killing and wounding of those in the boat, adding that the Fishermen’s Syndicate is awaiting an official report from the Ministry of Interior in Gaza after making contacts with the Egyptian side.
For his part, the coordinator of the Fishermen’s Union in Gaza, Zakaria Bakr, confirmed that the Egyptian navy fired at the fishing boat off the coast of Rafah, referring to reports that two of those on board were killed and the third was arrested.
According to Ayyash and Bakr, the three fishermen who were in the boat were brothers from the Zaazou family in Deir al-Balah in the middle of the Strip.
In November 2018, the Palestinian fisherman, Mustafa Abu Odeh, was killed by Egyptian naval fire in the sea of Rafah, at which time the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said that Egyptian intelligence was investigating the incident, and in November 2015, the Palestinian fisherman, Firas Miqdad, was killed by Egyptian fire as well. On the coast of Rafah.