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Israeli navy sprays Palestinian fishermen with 'skunk water'

April 2, 2019 11:59 A.M. (Updated: April 3, 2019 2:07 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli naval boats sprayed ‘skunk water’ at Palestinian fishermen working off the coast of the central besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday noon.

Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, reported that Israeli naval boats sprayed Palestinian fishermen with "skunk water" at 12 nautical miles off coast of the central Gaza Strip.

This is the first Israeli assault against Palestinian fishermen since the the expansion of the permitted fishing zone off Gaza’s coast a day earlier.

The permitted fishing zone was extended from 12 nautical miles to 15 nautical miles.

Known as "skunk," the Israeli military has been using the chemical since at least 2008 as a form of non-lethal crowd control. Palestinians, however, simply call the liquid "shit," after the smell that can stay for weeks on clothes, body, walls and furniture.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years.
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