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Monday, January 26, 2009

Israel Admits White Phosphorous Use in Gaza

The use of white phosphorus as a weapon, even against military targets situated within population centers, is banned by the 1980 third Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Amnesty International, which considers the use of white phosphorous in heavily-populated areas a war crime, said it has found many phosphorous particles in civilian areas, including Gaza's Al-Quds hospital.

The UNRWA compound in Gaza City was also among places hit by white phosphorus shells when Israeli troops fired three shells at the compound on January 15.

Israel has used white phosphorous bombs against civilian targets many times.


As calls are crying louder for an international probe into Israel's war crimes in Gaza, Israel admitted Saturday, January 24, using white phosphorous, a chemical that burns away human flesh to the bone, in shelling the densely-populated strip.

"Yes, phosphorus was used but not in any illegal manner," Yigal Palmor, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told The Times.


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