Middle East

Gaza fisherman dies of wounds from Israeli fire: Hamas

Palestinian militants from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) take part in a graduation ceremony in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

GAZA CITY, Palestine: A Palestinian fisherman in the Gaza Strip died Sunday from Israeli gunshot wounds sustained last month, an official in the outgoing Hamas-run Health Ministry said.

"Fisherman Imad Shukri Salem, 52, died this morning from wounds he sustained two weeks ago," spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, saying troops on a naval vessel fired at him while he was fishing.

Salem sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and underwent surgery but his condition deteriorated, he said.

Nizar Aayesh, head of Gaza's fishermen's union, said troops had arrested three fisherman at sea Saturday night and confiscated their boat.

Israel does not allow Gaza fishermen to venture more than 6 nautical miles from shore, and its naval patrol boats have been known to fire on those who broach that limit.

Gaza's Hamas government resigned Monday after a new consensus government of technocrats was sworn in at a ceremony in Ramallah.

The lineup, which has been jointly pieced together by Hamas and its West Bank rivals Fatah, includes four Gaza-based ministers. A fifth Gazan minister is based in Ramallah.

Last week, the Islamist movement formally handed control of the Justice and Housing ministries to the new incumbents, and Sunday, they also handed over the ministries of Women's Affairs and Labor to the respective ministers, officials said.





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