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Gaza fishermen face gunfire, death plying their trade

Fishermen in the Gaza Strip say Israel is shooting at them even though they are within the permissible fishing zone.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mahmoud Abu Riyala, a young fisherman from Gaza City, returned to the sea March 23 after nearly a month off of work, despite the unhealed shrapnel wounds in his chest and hands from an Israeli naval patrol shooting at him off the Gaza coast Feb. 25.

His cousin Ismail Abu Riyala, 18, was not as lucky. He was shot dead by the patrols while both young men were fishing off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip.

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