Israel to ‘significantly extend’ Gaza fishing zone
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A Gazan fisherman shot by Israeli naval forces on Monday after allegedly breaching the blockade off the Hamas-run territory has died from his wounds, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

Israel's military said naval forces fired warning shots when "a vessel deviated from the designated fishing zone in the northern Gaza Strip".

It continued to advance and the forces shot towards the boat, with the fisherman later dying in an Israeli hospital from his wounds, the spokeswoman said.

An Israeli patrol boat fired at a pair of Gazan fishermen accused of breaching the blockade off the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, leaving one of them dead, officials said.

Israel and the Arab terrorist organization Hamas, which rules Gaza, have fought three wars since 2008 and the strip has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade for 10 years.

Fishing off the northern part of the strip, adjacent to Israel, is limited
to six nautical miles offshore;

Incidents of fisherman sailing past the limit rarely result in deaths even when they are fired upon.

Fishermen's union head Nizar Ayash said that the shooting and the arrest of four other crewmen happened in one incident and two more arrests were made when the military boarded another Gaza boat overnight.

The dead man's family identified him as Mohammed Majed Bakr, 25.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the shooting but did not speak of additional arrests.

"A vessel deviated from the designated fishing zone in the northern Gaza Strip," the spokeswoman told AFP. "Naval forces in the area called upon the vessel to halt and fired warning shots into the air."

She said that the boat ignored the warning and the navy then fired at it.

"As a result of the fire a Palestinian was injured and was evacuated to an Israeli hospital for immediate medical treatment," she added.

The military later confirmed that the man had died. Gazan fishing official Zacharia Bakr also confirmed he had died.