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Text testimonies shooting at a vessel
catalog number: 121256
Rank: Captain
Unit: Navy
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2001 - 2007
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shooting at a vessel
Rank: Captain
Unit: Navy
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2001 - 2007

One of the things that’s regularly done is shooting at vessels in order to make them sink without hurting people on board. What do I mean? There’s a form of fishing where they leave small boats, with no motor, in a certain area. The boats have projectors that shine a light, and the fish are attracted to it. A fisherman arrives in a bigger vessel, gets close to the lit-up area, throws a net and tries to collect the fish. This is usually done in a circle, the unmanned boats have large lights operated by gas containers in the boats. Sometimes there is someone in the boat, a boy or young guy sleeping through the night. It’s done at night so that the light will be at its most effective. We don’t know whether there’s anyone inside or not. The boats spread out in the closed area (the witness previously described a part of Gaza's waters that Palestinian vessels are forbidden from entering) so that the fishing will be effective. So sometime, by the time the Dabur arrives, they’re already anchored. The fisherman retreats to where he is allowed to stay and we don’t chase him because it’s a crowded, dangerous area and a chase would distract us from the main goal, which is prevention of terrorist activity. What we do is wait for the fisherman to return or do an 'act of deterrence', which is sinking one of his boats. There are several ways to do that. You can hit those projectors, with light arms fire or a heavy machine gun. We fired at such a vessel with light arms. and this should be made clear: shooting at a vessel, certainly with light arms, is never precise.