Israeli Navy Attacks Civil Peace Service Gaza Monitoring Boat
Israeli naval forces attacked the Civil Peace Service Gaza monitoring boat with water cannons earlier today. Friday, 15.Jul.2011, 00:27 (GMT+3)
Israeli naval forces attacked the Civil Peace Service Gaza monitoring boat with water cannons earlier today.
Civil Peace Service Gaza is an international third party non-violent
initiative to monitor potential human rights violations in Gazan
The initial attack happened at 12.05pm local time. There were four
people aboard the Oliva boat at the time, two CPS Gaza crew members
(from the UK and Sweden), the captain and a journalist.
British human rights worker Ruqaya Al-Samarrai stated: âWe
were fewer than two miles away from the Gaza coast when they fired at
us. We saw them firing water at some fishing boats so we headed to the
area. When we got close, the warships left the fishing boats, and turned
on us. They attacked us for about ten minutes, following us as we tried
to head to shore and eventually lagged when we reached about one mile
off the Gaza coast.â
A fishing boat was also fired at and damaged with live rounds.
Currently Israel claims to allow fishing boats to work within three
miles off the coast of Gaza, but the limit is rarely respected and
fishermen as close as 1.5 nautical miles are regularly targeted.