Monday, September 18, 2006

Weapons in Lebanon

Via Elijah Zarwan, it sounds like Israel did use white phosphorus in Lebanon:
"At the same time, soldiers are reporting that they fired phosphorous shells, which are supposed to be used by the IDF for marking or setting fire to areas, in order to start fires in Lebanon. The artillery commander says he saw trucks with phosphorous shells en route to artillery batteries in the North.

"A direct hit from a phosphorous shell causes severe burns and a painful death. Around a year ago, there was an international scandal after a television crew presented harsh pictures of the charred bodies of Iraqis injured by phosphorous bombs during the course of the American attack on the city of Fallujah.

"International law prohibits the use of weapons that cause 'excessive damage and unnecessary suffering,' and many experts feel that phosphorous is included in this category. The International Red Cross determined that international law prohibits the use of phosphorous against humans. The American 'Book of War,' published in 1999, which sets down the rules of war for the American army, states: 'The ground war law prohibits the use of phosphorous against human targets.' The pact on prohibiting or limiting flammable weapons bans the use of phosphorous against civilian targets and against military targets found amid large civil populations."


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