Latest News: Israel used chemical weapons in Lebanon and Gaza

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24 October 2006

Israel has admitted using phosphorous bombs during the war against Lebanon last summer, just days after being accused by an Italian television documentary programme of using dense inert metal missiles, which are highly carcinogenic, against the Palestinians in Gaza in July and August.

After previously claiming that phosphorous bombs were only used to mark targets, Israeli cabinet minister, Jacob Edery, has now confirmed that “the Israeli army made use of phosphorous shells during the war against Hezbollah in attacks against military targets in open ground.”

Phosphorus weapons cause chemical burns and the Red Cross and human rights groups argue they should be treated as chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons against civilians or against military targets in civilian areas is outlawed by the Geneva Conventions. The US has insisted that Saddam Hussein be tried for using chemical weapons against civilians.

The Lebanese government had accused Israel of using banned weapons, including phosphorus incendiary bombs and vacuum bombs during the recent war. Doctors in hospitals in southern Lebanon had said they suspected some of the burns they were seeing were caused by phosphorous bombs.

Israel dropped more than a million cluster bombs on south Lebanon in the last few days before the ceasefire that have resulted in at least three deaths a day, mainly of women and children, and which have rendered the area almost uninhabitable.

Israel’s reversal of its previous claim that its weapons used in Lebanon did not contravene international conventions can only strengthen the claims by Palestinian doctors that Israel has used experimental heavy metal weapons against the people of Gaza.

The Italian state television’s satellite channel, RAI News 24, which last year documented the US military’s use of white phosphorus against civilians during attacks on Fallujah, followed up reports from Gaza of inexplicably serious injuries.

Doctors had appealed for help in identifying the cause of these strange injuries that were small, often invisible to X-rays, and cuts provoked by intense heat in the lower limbs. They observed an unusually large number of wounded that had had to have one or both of their legs amputated just below the genitals due to burns. Dr. Habas al-Wahid, head of the emergency centre at the Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital, told the journalists that the legs of the injured were sliced from their bodies “as if a saw was used to cut through the bone.”

Dozens of victims had completely burned bodies and shrapnel type injuries that X-ray machines had been unable to detect. Doctors said they had removed microscopic particles of carbounium and tungsten, a highly carcinogenic substance, from wounds. Dr. Juma Saka, of Shifa hospital in Gaza City, said that doctors had found small entry wounds on the bodies of the dead and wounded, and a powder on the victims’ bodies and in their internal organs. “The powder was like microscopic shrapnel, and this is likely what caused the injuries,” Saka said.

http://wsws.org/en/articles/2006/10/isra-o24.html

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3 Responses to Latest News: Israel used chemical weapons in Lebanon and Gaza

  1. kruitvat says:

    Israel admits it used phosphorus weapons
    · Minister says shells hit Hizbullah targets
    · MP shocked by deployment in war

    23 October 2006

    The Israeli government has admitted that it used controversial phosphorus weapons in its attacks against targets during its month long war in Lebanon this summer.
    The chemical can be used in shells, missiles and grenades and causes horrific burning when it comes into contact with human flesh.

    White phosphorus (WP) weapons are not forbidden by international law but some human rights groups believe they should be re-classified as chemical weapons and banned.

    The Israeli admission was made by the cabinet minister, Jacob Edery, who was questioned on the subject by Zahava Gal-On, a member of the Knesset.

    Mr Edery told Ms Gal-On: “The IDF [Israel Defence Force] holds phosphorus munitions in different forms. The IDF made use of phosphorus shells during the war against Hizbullah in attacks against military targets in open ground.”

    Ms Gal-On said that her original question to the government related to suspicions that Israel has been using experimental weapons in Gaza so she was surprised when she was offered a confirmation that Israel had used phosphorus weapons in Lebanon. “My original question was about the use of Dime [dense inert metal explosives] weapons by Israel in Gaza but instead I was given the answer to a different question,” she said. “The use of phosphorus weapons in Lebanon is shocking and unacceptable.”

    Mr Edery said that the Israeli army uses phosphorus weapons according to the rules of international law. However, there have been numerous reports that Israeli phosphorus munitions injured and killed civilians in Lebanon.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/oct/23/israel

  2. kruitvat says:

    Ex-Bush II Administration Official: Israel could have used Chemical Weapons in Syria

    3 May 2013

    The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria could be the result of an Israeli false flag.
    Col. Lawrence Wilkerson made the comments during an interview on Current TV, saying: “This could have been an Israeli false flag operation, it could’ve been an opposition in Syria, and one wonders what part of the opposition
    He would go on to say that based on the intelligence sources he’s heard from, that the evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria was “flaky”.

    The use of chemical weapons in Syria has come to the forefront of late, after Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel announced that the intelligence community had some confidence that chemical weapons were used.

    The Obama administration has recently stated that if chemical weapons were used, that it would be a “game changer”, and recent events suggest that the Obama administration may be moving towards a shift in it’s policy towards Syria, specifically in arming rebels. Chuck Hagel had recently affirmed that the administration was reconsidering it’s policy towards arming rebels.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/ex-bush-ii-administration-official-israel-could-have-used-chemical-weapons-in-syria/5333960

  3. kruitvat says:

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