DWRC condemns the killing of Palestinian fisherman Mohammed Baker, shot at sea by an Israeli military boat, and calls for international support and protection for Palestinian fishermen
Gaza, 16/05/2017- Israeli soldiers manning an Israeli military boat fired at a group of Palestinian fishing boats yesterday, while they were at sea north-west of Beit Lahya in the north of the Gaza Strip. They injured fisherman Mohammed Baker (25 years old), who died from the severity of his injuries a couple of hours later.
His brother, Omran Baker (33 years old), himself a fisherman, was present at the scene and witnessed the attack. He said: “the Israeli occupation fireboats surrounded the small motor boat that was carrying 4 fishermen from the Baker family, who were at a distance of 2.5 miles from Beit Lahya beach” and added: “Israel occupation forces shot at the boat, which led to Mohammed’s injury in the chest; he kept bleeding”. As the fishermen kept shouting at the Israeli soldiers that someone was injured, the soldiers approached the family’s boat and took Mohammed to an Israeli hospital. However, a few hours later Mohammed passed away.
The Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center in Palestine expresses its solidarity with Mohammed’s family and calls on international organizations to work on bringing an end to Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen and violations of their rights as protected persons, and ensure their protection as they seek to make a living for themselves and their families. DWRC also calls for solidarity and support for this sector through assisting fishermen in continuing to exercise their profession and remaining steadfast despite constant Israeli violations of their rights.
Since 2007, Israeli occupation forces have repeatedly attacked and harassed Palestinian fishermen, causing the death of 5 fishermen, while 107 have been injured, 547 have been arrested and 181 boats have been confiscated.
“Source of figures: Mezan Center for Human Rights”