Dec 5, 2013
Israel Admits Hitting U.N. in Gaza With White Phosphorous
Posted on Feb 1, 2010
An Israeli report to the U.N. put out with the trash Friday acknowledged that military commanders recklessly endangered human life by firing white phosphorous shells in the direction of the U.N.’s Gaza compound.
Israel has consistently defended its use of the highly controversial material, which is designed to create smokescreens, but which also burns human flesh.
The U.N. report said that the two high-ranking commanders responsible for the decision had been reprimanded, but Haaretz is reporting that the Israel Defense Forces denies that the men were disciplined.
The incident in question took place during the 2008 assault on Gaza known in Israel as Operation Cast Lead. —PZS
As the BBC notes, this report is significant, but also cause for skepticism:
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