Palestinian on boat from Gaza killed by Israeli fire: army

Israeli forces opened fire on a boat from the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian, after it left a zone where Israel allows Palestinians to fish. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 25 February 2018

Palestinian on boat from Gaza killed by Israeli fire: army

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was killed Sunday when Israeli forces opened fire on a boat from the Gaza Strip after it left a zone where Israel allows Palestinians to fish, officials said.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said the boat “deviated from the designated fishing zone in the northern Gaza Strip.”
Naval forces called on the boat to halt, then fired warning shots in the air before shooting toward it when the three people on board did not stop, the spokeswoman said.
A severely wounded Palestinian later died from his wounds, she said. The other two Palestinians were detained by security forces.
The fishermen’s union in Gaza said a boat with three fishermen was fired upon by Israel’s military.
Israel and Palestinian activists in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and the territory has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 10 years.
Fishing off the northern part of the strip, adjacent to Israel, is limited to six nautical miles offshore and the Israeli navy regularly fires at Palestinians at the zone’s outer limit.
Such incidents rarely result in deaths.
The Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt has also been largely closed in recent years.


US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

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US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.

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"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.