Israeli naval troops in the Mediterranean Sea opened fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning on suspected Palestinian smugglers travelling in two boats from Sinai to the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians said that four people on the boats had been wounded.Arab media, however, are claiming that Israel shot only at innocent fishermen.
It is not clear what exactly the boats were carrying, but the IDF said that the boats were damaged, and that they had heard secondary explosions after they had opened fire.
During the incident, gunmen on the Gaza coast opened fire on the Israeli vessels. There were no injuries to the Israeli troops, who returned fire.
The incident occurred at around 3 am, several hundred meters from the Gaza coastline.
Soldiers from a nearby naval base were patrolling the area when they noticed two small boats making their way back from the Sinai coast to southern Gaza. The IDF is still unclear as to what the boats were carrying, but the secondary explosions have raised suspicions that the two vessels were carrying weapons.
Time to play everyone's favorite game, "Who's telling the truth?"
Do fishermen often have armed friends waiting for them to return to shore at 3 AM?
Moreover, does this fire look like it came from Israeli shooting or from some explosively flammable materials already on the boat still burning several hours later after sunrise?
Sorry, this game is too easy. But then again, it always is.