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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:43 AM
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BBC: Israel Admits using Phosphorus Bombs.........
Israel admits phosphorus bombing
Israel has for the first time admitted it used controversial phosphorus shells during fighting against Hezbollah in Lebanon in July and August.

Cabinet minister Jacob Edery confirmed the bombs were dropped "against military targets in open ground".

Israel had previously said the weapons were used only to mark targets.

Phosphorus weapons cause chemical burns and the Red Cross and human rights groups say they should be treated as chemical weapons.

The Geneva Conventions ban the use of white phosphorus as an incendiary weapon against civilian populations and in air attacks against military forces in civilian areas.

Hospitals

Mr Edery says he confirmed during a parliamentary session last week on behalf of Defence Minister Amir Peretz that the weapons were used in fighting.

"The Israeli army made use of phosphorus shells during the war against Hezbollah in attacks against military targets in open ground," he said.

No information was given on when, where or how the shells were used.

Lebanon had accused Israel of using the weapons but at the time Israeli officials said they were only for marking.

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said in late July: "According to the Geneva Convention, when they use phosphorus bombs and laser bombs, is that allowed against civilians and children?"

Doctors in hospitals in southern Lebanon had said they suspected some of the burns they were seeing were being caused by phosphorus bombs.

Israeli forces said the arms used in Lebanon did not contravene international norms.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6075408.stm
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:46 AM
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1. Of course this administration will veto a UN resolution
to condemn them for this obvious war crime because the administration has approved committing the same war crime in our names.



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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:47 AM
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2. because we used the same in Fallujah.
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:49 AM
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3. Isn't that just despicable?
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 10:49 AM by originalpckelly
Those damn Lebanese should just have died in peace, and left no trace of what killed them. Oh no, their anti-Semitism lives on in death. Their spirits take hold of the Israeli defense minister's spokesperson and make them say WP was used. Damn anti-Semites, when will they stop hating Israel!?!

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:23 AM
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5. It is
but we knew ages ago. The Lebanese should thank Bushco for sending new supplies to kill their citizens.
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:18 AM
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4. Inhumanity by inhumans and their inhuman partners. nt
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:28 AM
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6. I remember some DUers poopooing reports on this during the war
It seems as if it wasn't propaganda after all...
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:56 AM
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7. Locking.
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