Explosion heard in north of Israel

The international community has warned that without concerted efforts to rebuild the decimated Gaza Strip, violence could erupt again. (File photo: AFP)

The sound of an explosion was heard in al-Galilee region in north of Israel, according to Al Arabiya News correspondent. 

The explosion occurred hours after an Israeli navy opened fire on fishing boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, wounding a Palestinian, Agence France-Presse reported.

The military said it had no knowledge of any injuries, saying the navy had fired in the air as a warning not to exceed a permitted fishing limit.

One young man was taken to hospital with "serious" injuries, fishermen and medics in the blockaded territory said.

Under the terms of Israel's eight-year blockade of the Palestinian territory, Gaza's fishermen have the right to trawl the waters up to six nautical miles off the coast.

But fishermen have said the Israeli navy fires on vessels even before they reach that limit.

The shootings highlighted tensions in and around the impoverished and densely populated enclave months after a fragile truce ended a bloody 50-day conflict between Gaza militants and Israel.

The international community has warned that without concerted efforts to rebuild the decimated Gaza Strip, violence could erupt again, possibly within months.
 

[With AFP]

 

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