Israel asked to stop Unlawful use of White-Phosphorus in Gaza
Human Rights Watch accused Israeli forces of using white-phosphorus weapons in Gaza City, violating international humanitarian law - for all feasible precautions to be taken to avoid civilian injury and loss of life.
Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, said: "Doctors here say they are seeing unprecedented levels of deep burns. "They cannot categorically say that white phosphorus is being used, they are saying that the munitions being dropped are unprecendented."
Residents in densely-packed Jabaliya have described Israeli forces exploding shells that drop scores of burning fragments and spread suffocating smoke. "Its the first time we see this type of weapon, it must be new and its seems like its phosphorous," one resident told Al Jazeera. "Its suffocating and has a deadly poisonous smell that I am sure will cause a lot of sickness and disease on all of the civilians here," he said.
Mark Regev, the Israeli government spokesman, said he was unable to confirm or deny whether the military was using the chemical, but that Israel did not use munitions that were banned under international law. "I don't have the knowledge of the detail of what ammunition we are using. I can only know for a fact that Israel uses no ammunition that is outlawed under conventions and that Nato forces would not use in a similar combat situation," he told Al Jazeera.