At approximately 6:00 pm on Monday 27 February 2012, Israeli naval vessels patrolling the Gaza sea opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats which were in the waters off the coast of Deir Al Balah in Middle Gaza district. The firing frightened the fishermen on the boats and they sailed to land immediately. No casualties or injuries were reported.
Also, at approximately 6:30 pm on the preceding day, Sunday 26 February 2012, Israeli naval vessels fired on Palestinian boats in the same area, frightening the fishermen into returning to land. Israeli forces confiscated a number of fishing nets in this incident.
The Palestinian boats were inside the zone in which Israel officially allows fishing when its forces opened fire at them.