Israel used internationally banned weapons against Gaza

5 Sep


Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza, 4 September 2014

Doctors and human rights activists say they have conclusive evidence that Israel used internationally banned weapons against civilians during its recent war on the Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv is accused of using such weapons during its previous offensives against the Palestinians.
PressTV correspondent in Gaza, Ashraf Shannon filed this report:

Israel’s use of internationally banned weapons was very clear during the last war on Gaza. A variety of illegal weapons were used by Israel to kill and maim thousands of Palestinians in the blockaded seaside sliver.

According to international physicians who were present during the Fifty Day War, Tel-Aviv used Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME), which had already been used in the 22 Day war at the turn of 2009. DIME bombs are typically carried by American-made Hellfire rockets connected to Israeli drones and dropped into heavily populated civilian areas in Gaza.

The severe and often lethal injuries of victims who have been in contact with DIME weapons are distinguishable from injuries sustained by other conventional weapons. Israeli forces have also used armour piercing bombs that caused huge explosions and resulted in a large number of civilian casualties mostly children and women.

Thermobaric weapons also known as fuel barrels were used to burn entire residential buildings in the tiny coastal strip. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) millions of kilograms of explosives were indiscriminately dumped on the civilians of Gaza. They resulted in the killing of around 2100 people and the injury of at least eleven thousand others.

Analysts say Israel’s impunity will continue to go unpunished as long as it enjoys protection from the United States and other western powers. Experts say Israeli forces used illegal munitions like Flechette shells, internationally banned weapons containing depleted uranium and other chemical agents against the civilians in Gaza.

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