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Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army: Palestinians

Palestinian protesters wave their national flag near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on January 9, 2018 as they demonstrate against calls for the closure of UNRWA by the Israeli prime minister and cuts in Palestin
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It remains unclear whether the fisherman had entered Egyptian territorial waters

A fisherman from the Gaza Strip was shot dead by the Egyptian army overnight for unclear reasons, Palestinian officials said Saturday, calling for an immediate investigation into the incident.

Medical sources in Gaza said that Abdullah Zeidan, 33, from the Shati refugee camp, was shot in the chest by Egyptian forces near the naval border with Egypt in the south of the coastal enclave.

He was taken to hospital but died early Saturday morning.

Gaza's interior ministry said an initial investigation indicated "the Palestinian fishing boat did not cross the Egyptian (maritime) border".

"We call on the Egyptian authorities to open an urgent investigation into this incident," spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said in a statement.

Egyptian officials did not immediately comment.

The head of the fishing union in Gaza announced a halt in fishing until Sunday evening in protest at the killing.

The Gaza Strip borders with Israel and Egypt but the Kerem Shalom, Rafah and Erez Border Crossings allow for very restricted passage.

After Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December, demonstrations against the move drew hundreds next to the Gaza border with Israel.

Fifteen Palestinians have lost their lives in protests in Gaza and the West Bank since, including amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya who had lost his legs in 2008-2009 Israeli operation on Gaza.

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According to Pal, every Pal man is a terrorist. That is their position about Israelis. So Egypt did the right thing.

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