Alwaght- A Palestinian fisherman has been killed on Friday night when Egyptian forces have opened fire on his boat in the Gaza Strip’s coastal waters.
Palestinian fishermen have often come under fire by Israeli regime forces in the past, however this time, Egyptian naval patrol shot dead Abdallah Ramadan Zaidan who was fishing near the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, al-Aqsa TV, which is run by the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, reported on Saturday.
Israeli regime imposed a crippling siege on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections to rule the territory. The blockade has impoverished the sliver, making fishing a staple source of income and sustenance to its nearly two-million-strong population.
Egypt, one of the only two Arab countries to ever sign a peace accord with Tel Aviv, has participated in the enforcement of the Gaza siege by keeping the Rafah border crossing — Gaza’s only land terminal that bypasses Israel — closed.
The combined draconian measures are feared to make Gaza uninhabitable by 2020, the United Nations has warned.
The Gaza Strip is already considered the world’s largest open-air prison.