Friday, January 16, 2009

Phosphorus denial outweighed by evidence

Times Online

"....Despite growing evidence, first revealed by The Times , that white phosphorus was being used by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during attacks on Gaza, Israel’s military has denied firing shells with the chemical as a payload. Spokesmen for the IDF have repeatedly stated that Israel has used only weapons that meet international rules on warfare, and that it has not resorted to any system that other countries, including Nato members, have not deployed in past battles.

The evidence that white phosphorus shells have been fired as a smoke screen is so compelling that the denials have increasingly lacked credibility.

By firing such shells into a densely packed urban environment there was always the danger that particles of ignited white phosphorus could land on the skin of an innocent civilian...."

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