TEL AVIV (Feb. 3)
Seven Syrian fishermen and their 150-ton vessel the “Abdul Karim” were apprehended last night in Israeli territorial waters opposite the coast at Askelon. The vessel was escorted into Haifa harbor this morning by a police boat.
After investigation, it was verified that the vessel was caught in powerful currents and brought into Israeli territorial waters against the will of its crew. Police headquarters announced that the seven fishermen and their ship would be released later in the day.