Israeli naval forces detain 5 Gaza fishermen
The Israeli naval forces arrested on Thursday afternoon five Gaza fishermen who were fishing off the Gaza City, Hamas interior ministry in Gaza said in a statement, Xinhua reported.
The statement said that Israeli naval vessels stopped a Palestinian fishing boat in the middle of Gaza shores, and arrested five fishermen while they were fishing in an area north of Gaza City.
The interior ministry statement said that after the five fishermen were arrested, the Israeli soldiers destroyed their fishing boat, adding that the five were taken to Israel for questioning.
It also said that the Palestinian fishing boat was sunk by the Israeli soldiers, claiming that the boat exceeded the limited area of fishing into Gaza Strip sea.
The Israeli naval forces are controlling Gaza Strip shores. Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza Strip, including the prevention of fishing, since Hamas movement took control of the enclave in June 2007.
In southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, a Palestinian woman was wounded Thursday by Israeli fire while working in her field, Gaza emergency chief Mo'aweya Hassanein said.
He added that Randa Shaloof, 35, sustained light injury due to a bullet's fragment. Her land is located in eastern Rafah near the border between Gaza and Israel. Shaloof's land is for wheat and the harvest season has just started.
Meanwhile, in the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said that the Israeli army arrested 16 Palestinians overnight and on Thursday morning, claiming that they were wanted for Israel.