13 April 2009

Boat Explodes Near Israeli Navy Ship

Gaza - Ma'an - A booby-trapped fishing boat exploded near an Israeli navy ship near the Gaza Strip coast on Monday, according to Israeli sources.

There were no injuries in the blast, which occurred after Israel's navy opened fire on the ship about 300 meters from the coast, Haaretz reported.

The ship was apparently carrying explosives, but no one was on board.

According to Gaza fisherman Nizar Ayyash, the small boat exploded after Israeli forces opened fire on it at sea; no injuries were reported in the strike.

Others in Gaza earlier said they had heard a "massive explosion" out at sea, but did not immediately know the cause.