May 6, three Italian fishing boats were shot at by Libyan patrol boats off Benghazi, injuring the captain of one of them, Ansa news agency reported.
A spokesman for the Libyan navy said the patrol boat did not fire directly at the Italian fishing boat, but fired warning shots at the cross-border vessel. He said there were four to five unauthorized fishing boats operating in Libyan waters at the time, and the country’s coast guard’s responsibilities included checking fishing activities.
The Italian navy said three Italian fishing boats were in a “high-risk” area when a warning shot from a Libyan patrol boat injured a captain. The Navy has sent the Northwest Wind frigate to the area of the incident to deal with the incident.