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Shark attacks fisherman off Gaza coast

May 24, 2013 10:35 A.M. (Updated: May 25, 2013 6:23 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Gaza fisherman was attacked on Thursday evening by a shark off the coast, leaving him with moderate injuries.

Locals told Ma’an that the fisherman, named as Hamed Salah, 30, was pulling in fish when the three-meter shark attacked him.

Hamed was taken to the emergency room at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Medics said he lost two fingers on his left hand.

Gaza fishermen in March snared a similarly large shark, prompting locals to crowd the shore taking pictures. The shark was brought onto land and sent to the Khan Younis fish market to be sold for 20 shekels ($5.41) a kilo.

The head of the Palestinian fishing union Mahfouth al-Kabariti told Ma'an that fishermen usually catch sharks around two meters in length, but rarely larger.
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