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The Israeli Navy opened fire on two boats suspected of being Palestinian smuggling vessels. It is unclear how many were on board. (March 26)

SHOTLIST:

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Gaza Strip - March 26, 2014

++NIGHT SHOTS++

1. Wide of rescue services at the shore trying to extinguish fire on boats

2. Wide of ambulances at scene

3. Various of vessel on fire

++DAY SHOTS++

4. Mid of people on shore inspecting damage to vessel still on fire

5. Various of boat on fire

6. Various of second boat on fire

7. Wide of beach with two boats on fire

STORYLINE:

Two suspected Palestinian smuggling boats were still burning on Wednesday morning, after the Israeli military said that navy ships opened fire on the vessels off the Gaza coast.

The military says the boats were spotted coming from Egyptian waters in an apparent smuggling attempt.

The navy called on them to stop, firing warning shots. When the boats failed to comply, the military says the navy fired at the boats, which set off an explosion on Wednesday.

Gaza's Hamas government says the boats were destroyed and three fishermen were lightly wounded. It's unclear how many were on board.

The military says the navy ships came under fire from Gaza after the incident but no damage was reported.

Israel and Egypt have imposed a naval blockade on Gaza to prevent weapon smuggling.

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