JERUSALEM — An Egyptian naval patrol shot and seriously wounded an Israeli man Saturday when he refused orders to stop his motorboat in Egyptian waters, Israeli police said.
Egyptian and Israeli officials gave differing accounts of the incident.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Allon Liel said Israel has asked Egypt for a "clarification" of the incident, which occurred in the Gulf of Aqaba, near Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat and Egypt's Taba beach.
An Egyptian coast guard official told the state-run Middle East New Agency that the boat violated Egyptian territory and that Egypt had protested to Israel. The report said Egyptian sailors fired warning shots, but it did not mention any casualties.
Israel's Southern Police District spokesman, Shalom Ben Himo, said that Shlomo Yisraeli, 42, a resident of Eilat, was fishing in his boat when an Egyptian patrol demanded he stop for identification.