• 2 Fishermen Killed and Another Injured by Egyptian Naval Forces: PCHR Calls on Egyptian Authorities to Change Open-Fire Regulations on Persons Crossing the Borders and Maintain Proportional Use of Force
    Date: 26 September 2020 – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
    https://www.pchrgaza.org/en/?p=15088

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) followed up with deep regret the killing of two fishermen and the injury of another after Egyptian naval forces opened fire at them. PCHR calls upon the Egyptian authorities to open an immediate investigation into the incident and announce its results to public.

    PCHR also calls for changing the rules pertaining to Gaza Strip residents, whether citizens or fishermen who cross the land or sea borders, and not to use excessive force against them. PCHR also calls for a refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, complying with the principle of proportionality in the use of force against them, especially that in the majority of incidents that occurred previously, victims did not pose any danger to the Egyptian authorities.

    According to PCHR’s investigations, the three fishermen Mahmoud Mohammed Ibrahim al-Za’zou’ (20) and his two brothers Hasan (26) and Yaser (18), from Dir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, went fishing at approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 24 September 2020. After they crossed the Palestinian -Egyptian maritime boundaries and entered the Egyptian regional waters; at approximately 01:00 on Friday, 25 September 2020, Egyptian gunboats opened heavy fire against them and took them to an unknown destination.

    Nizar ‘Ayash, Head of the Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate in the Gaza Strip, declared on Saturday, 26 September 2020, the death of the two fishermen Mahmoud and Hasan Mohammed al-Za’zou’ and the injury of their third brother Yaser. He also added that the Egyptian authorities would transfer their bodies over to the Gaza authorities at 04:00 via the Rafah Border Crossing. Nedal al-Za’zou’ (34) said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Ministry of Interior in Gaza confirmed this information to them, without indicating the details of the incident because no information was available.

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    • Egyptian Navy Releases the Bodies of Two Palestinian Fishermen
      Sep 27, 2020
      https://imemc.org/article/egyptian-navy-releases-the-bodies-of-two-palestinian-fishermen

      The Egyptian authorities handed over, on Saturday evening, the bodies of two Palestinian fishermen, who were shot by the Egyptian navy, on Friday, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, while a third wounded brother, remains in the custody of the Egyptian authorities.

      Sources at the Rafah crossing told Jerusalem “Quds” Press, that the corpses of the two young brothers, Mahmoud and Hassan Al-Zaazoua were received at the crossing from the Egyptian authorities.

      The Egyptian Navy opened fire at the fishing boat, killing two of the three brothers, and wounding the third. The Egyptian authorities took the corpses, and the injured brother into custody, confiscating their boat.

      Palestinian factions criticized the Egyptian navy’s killing of the unarmed Palestinian fishermen, and appealed to the Egyptian authorities to release the youngest brother Yasser.

      The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) released a statement demanding that all forces refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, to comply with the principle of proportionality.

      ~ Jerusalem (Quds) Press