Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"RAFAH, (PIC)-- Israeli navy forces on Wednesday kidnapped 8 Palestinian fishermen and destroyed 7 fishing boats in a joint operation with the IOF choppers off the coast of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.
Abdullah Al-Najjar, one of the fishermen, said that four IOF navy boats and two army choppers targeted a group of fishermen who were fishing at sea near to the Palestinian-Egyptian borders.
Najjar said that the choppers opened heavy machinegun fire at the fishing boats, and added that seven fishing boats managed to return to shore but the choppers and the navy boats shelled and completely destroyed them.
He affirmed that the navy boats kidnapped eight fishermen including his son and detained their boats.
He denied that the fishermen were smuggling anything, noting that a small quantity of fish was present at time of the attack."