Israel Accused of Using White Phosphorus in Gaza

Posted: 21st January 2009 by Simo Häyhä in Politics

The Israeli army is to investigate claims it used white phosphorus illegally during its three-week offensive in Gaza.

The move follows numerous allegations by rights groups and in media reports that the army fired phosphorus shells where they could harm civilians. Rights groups say images from the conflict prove the use of phosphorus. White phosphorus is legal for making smokescreens on a battlefield.

White phosphorus sticks to human skin and will burn right through to the bone, causing death or leaving survivors with painful wounds which are slow to heal. Its ingestion or inhalation can also be fatal.

Before you continue this story, think about who’s in charge of the investigation: Israel is supposed to investigate themselves!

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