Palestinian fishermen collect a few small fish they caught on their nets after wading in the surf off the beach in Gaza City on August 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT
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After two hours waist-deep in the sea, Sameer al-Hissi says his paltry haul of tiny fish is not the only consequence he and Gaza's fishermen are suffering from as a result of Israel's offensive.Four young boys playing on the beach on July 16 were killed when Israeli forces shelled the area.Monzer Shoblak from the Coastal Municipalities Water utility said the amount of waste pumped into the sea had remained about the same as before the war, around 25,000 cubic meters, but because of the electricity and damage to a treatment station, everything is now untreated.Back on the same Mediterranean beach, Hissi near the Shati refugee camp, Yasir al-Sultan only ventures 200 meters offshore in his small boat, standing and paddling himself out before casting his nets.A fisherman for 30 years, he too has been struggling with conditions since the war started, and blames the rising levels of sewage in the water and the rubbish floating in the seas for his declining catches.
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