Palestinians say Egyptian fire killed two Gaza fishermen

The bodies of two whom killed in Mediterranean waters were returned Saturday to the Strip. has called on Egypt to investigate the incident, condemning it as violence targeting “those hunting for a living for their children.”

The bodies of two Palestinian fishermen who Palestinian officials say were shot dead by Egyptian naval forces were returned to Gaza on Saturday, the territory's ruling Hamas said.

The fishermen, who were brothers, were shot on Friday off the coast near the southern border town of Rafah. A third brother was wounded and was undergoing treatment in Egypt.

"There is no justification for the repeated violent treatment against those who seek to eke out a living for their children," said a statement.

Egyptian officials could not immediately be reached for comment and it was unclear whether the fishing boat had crossed into Egyptian waters.

Citing security concerns, Israel maintains a naval blockade off the Gaza Strip and sets a varying fishing limit. Egypt also restricts movement of people and goods along its border with the coastal enclave.

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