By YAAKOV KATZ, jpost.com
The IDF stepped up efforts to quell violent anti-security fence demonstrations in the West Bank over the weekend using, for the first time in six months, the "skunk bomb."
An IDF soldier and a Palestinian demonstrator scuffle during one of many protests against the security barrier in Bil'in.
The "skunk bomb" is a foul-smelling liquid which is sprayed on the protesters. "The smell is so strong that people flee immediately," explained an IDF source, noting that the demonstration on Friday was dispersed within minutes of firing the bomb into the crowd.
On Friday, IDF and Border Police forces used the spray against close to 100 Palestinian, Israeli and foreign demonstrators near the West Bank village of Bil'in. The demonstrators were protesting against the construction of the security barrier nearby. The "skunk bomb" was last used in January.