# Israeli troops kill Gaza fishermen
Posted by The Editors [User Info] on February 17, 2011, 10:34 am
Israeli soldiers have killed three Palestinian fishermen along the Gaza-Israeli border, Palestinian medics have said.
Gaza's ministry of health said on Thursday that the men were killed overnight in the north of Gaza, near Beit Lahiya, while they were working with their nets on the shore.
The medics said that the victims were shot by Israeli forces before dawn.
But the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) in a statement said the men were "militants".
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Israeli troops fatally shoot three Palestinians in Gaza
Israeli soldiers have shot dead three Palestinian men in northern Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army said its soldiers had opened fire after the men were spotted planting explosives in a no-go zone along the border overnight.
But Palestinian relatives of the men, who were all in their 20s, say they were unarmed civilians who had been gathering sea shells.
None of the militant groups in the Hamas-held Gaza has so far said the men were members.
Israel maintains a buffer zone along the border fence, where Gaza militants have planted bombs and explosives targeting Israeli troops in the past.
Israel often opens fire on people who "got too close to the fence" to stop attacks by militants, BBC Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison says.
More than 50 Palestinians, including 12 civilians, were killed by Israeli troops near the border in 2010, the UN says.