Gaza fishermen have caught more than 200 Devil Rays over the past two days, a rare haul that was proudly displayed on the beach before being carried off to market on donkey carts.

"It is a godsend," fisherman Abu Mahmoud al-Issi said on Thursday, the second day running that fishing boats operating from the Palestinian enclave had caught dozens of the giant ray, that are similar to Manta rays.

One of the fish weighed 700 kg (1,540 lb), locals said. Giant Devil Rays are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Gaza residents rushed to the beach and took photographs as butchers cut up the fish, with the meat going on sale for as little as 10 shekels ($2.7) a kilo because of the bonanza.

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