Israeli Navy and Palestinians exchange gunfire on Gaza coast

Israeli Navy vessels off the shore of Israel during a training exercise. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

( Israeli naval forces exchanged gunfire with Palestinians in Gaza on Monday after the navy prevented a boat from leaving for Egypt, Israel Hayom reported.

The Israeli Navy detected a small boat attempting to make its way to Egypt and forced it back to Gaza. Following protocol, the soldiers opened fire at the boat. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that the target was hit.

Palestinians then opened fire at the IDF force from the beach. Soldiers fired back at the origin of the gunfire. There were no reports of casualties on the Israeli or Palestinian sides.

Posted on March 18, 2014 .