I still pray and wait for them to return."In Shatila Palestinian refugee camp and outside Abu Yassir's shelter, the bullet marks still cover the lower half of the 11 "walls of death
" where some of the dried blood is mixed and feathered in with the thin mortar.
"Thousands of dolphins and sharks -- and loggerhead turtles, an endangered species -- are caught up in these walls of death
in the Mediterranean every year," continued Tudela.
The use of drift nets - branded "walls of death
" by conservationists - has been banned by the EU.
Environmental groups like Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have long claimed that the driftnets - dubbed 'walls of death
' - plunder the marine environment by indiscriminately netting shoals of non-target species like dolphins and whales.
A recent study conducted by Charles Wurster of the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York indicated that bycatch mortality on diving birds caused by tuna longlines may by "even more severe than from driftnets." (The UN General Assembly has voted unanimously for a moratorium on large-scale driftnets on the high seas - "walls of death
" which, in 1990, entangled 42 million non-targeted animals.)