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Two children injured by Israeli navy boat fire in southern Gaza Strip

Two children were injured early this morning from Israeli navy gunfire while they were at the shore in Rafah city, in the south of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The navy boat opened fire at the shore for no apparent reason, injuring the two girls who were taken to hospital in Rafah for treatment. Their condition was not immediately known.

The Israeli navy opened fire and its water hoses at fishing boats sailing some six nautical miles into the Rafah coast and forced them to return to shore.

As part of its 14-year-long tight blockade on the Gaza Strip, Israel restricts the fishing area for Gazans to only three to six nautical miles and often shoots at the fishermen or seizes their boats if they exceed or even approach this limit.