(AFP) – Aug 10, 2008
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli security forces have started to use liquid "skunk bombs" to disperse demonstrators in the occupied West Bank, police said on Sunday.
They said border police used the new crowd-control method for the first time on Friday at the weekly demonstration near the Palestinian village of Nilin against Israel's separation barrier.
Use of the stinking liquid has been given the green light by medical and legal authorities, police said.
It can be hurled by hand or with a special device, forcing most demonstrators to disperse and rush off to change their clothes because of the unbearable stench.
Border guards have so far been using live rounds or rubber-coated bullets when the protests turn violent. On July 29, a Palestinian child was shot dead in Nilin.
Israel says its projected 723 kilometres (454 miles) of steel and concrete walls, fences and barbed wire in the West Bank is needed for security, while Palestinians view it as a land grab that undermines their promised statehood.
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