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Israeli Captain Held in Death of 7 Japanese Fishermen

Police in Israel have arrested the captain of a cargo ship that collided with a Japanese fishing boat in the Pacific last month, an accident that killed seven Japanese crew members.

The Israeli captain and other crew members were detained for questioning Sunday when their ship, the Zim Asia, docked in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa.

Police say the captain and others could face charges of "causing accidental death" as well as for failing to help the crew of the capsized boat. Only one of the Japanese fishermen aboard the Shinsei Maru No. 3 survived the collision on September 28.

The captain of the Zim Asia, Moshe Ben-David, has previously said he was unaware of any collision, but the Zim shipping company has apologized for the incident and offered compensatiion to the victims.