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Israel Admits Phosphorous Bombs Used in Lebanon

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posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 10:05 PM
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The Israeli government through Cabinet Minister Jacob Edery has finally admitted what the the Lebanese President, Emile Lahoud, has long accused it of, using Phosphorous Bombs in their war this summer with Hezbollah. These Bombs which use shells made of White Phosphorous cause severe chemical burns that can eat right down through the bone and can be fatal are banned by the Geneva Convention as incendiary weapons.
 



news.independent.co.uk


The Israeli government has admitted for the first time that it used controversial phosphorous bombs during its 34-day war campaign in Lebanon.

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires a 155mm shell towards Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon, August 2006 at a military staging area along the Israel-Lebanon border. Israel admitted for the first time to using controversial white phosphorus shells against military targets in Southern Lebanon, an Israeli newspaper reported. (AFP/Denis Sinyakov)
Cabinet Minister Jacob Edery confirmed that the army had used the bombs to attack "military targets" during its war with Hizbollah in July and August. Previously, Israel had said the bombs had only been used to mark out targets.

During the conflict, doctors in Lebanon reported treating civilians who appeared to have been hit by the shells, which leave their victims with severe chemical wounds that can be fatal.

The reports led the Lebanese President, Emile Lahoud, to accuse Israel of breaching the Geneva Convention, which bans the use of white phosphorous both as an incendiary weapon against civilians and in air attacks against military forces in civilian areas. Yesterday, reports in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz revealed that Mr Edery confirmed to parliament last week that it had used the bombs during its operations this summer.




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These are the exact same weapons used in the US siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. They don't kill outright, instead they release white hot burning embers that eat through both metal as well flesh and bone. Israel had insisted that they had not used these weapons on civilians, but considering how many civilians suffered and died in this fighting, the vast majority of them Lebanese, one has to ask, what else did they use and lie about? It is bad enough to kill but to do it with something that burns like a fourth of July sparkler right through the human body, well that in just wrong. I find it harder and harder to respect the Israeli government and their heavy handed tactics. Their brutality makes them no better than those who wage war against them.

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posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 07:49 AM
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But.. but...but.... Reuters........they put fake smoke in that picture and the guy with the green hat he was setting up a few other pictures and the hizbollah hiding under a ladies dress. [/end sarcasm]



The Israeli army made use of phosphorous shells during the war against Hizbollah in attacks against military targets in open ground."


So which was it..open ground or Hizbollah hiding among civilians, Israel? Make up your mind. Either way it didn't matter to them. A dead arab is a good arab to them.



posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 08:54 AM
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Is WP a chemical weapon?...or it an incendiary weapon?...there is still a sizeable debate with no official answer. Imo, when WP is used physically against tangible targets, its' use is that of a chemical weapon, therefore illegal by the implications of traditional international standards, but that’s just an opinion….

What is interesting is the hypocrisy involved in Lebanon’s accusations and mentioning an invocation of the GC’s...

Especially since Lebanon refused to sign the convention banning chemical weapons on Oct 20, 2006! …and has never been a signatory to the CWC…

…not to mention Lebanon is also not a party to Article 90, additional protocol III of the GC, the CRC, ICC, ENMOD or the 1999 Hague Protocols.

But Lebanon is party to the major GC’s and its’ AP II of 1977, yet Lebanon does not levy accusations against Hezbollah for any flagrancies under these conventions?

To my point...

[quote[So which was it..open ground or Hizbollah hiding among civilians, Israel? Make up your mind. Either way it didn't matter to them. A dead arab is a good arab to them.

When is knowingly endangering civilians by hiding among civilians while conducting hostilities ever justified?...


mg



posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 09:09 AM
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I remember seeing this on an ABC web-site and mentioning this in a thread, however the link was removed from the ABC website and I couldn't provide it.

Glad it's now in the open


Cheers

JS




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