Sunday, January 04, 2009

Cluster bombs, DU, and White Phosphorus being used in Gaza

Residents in Gaza have been talking about an unprecedented amount of force being unleashed against them by the Israeli army- but they have also spoken about new kinds of weaponry. It comes as no surprise-Gaza has always been Israel's "testing ground" - from nerve agents used in Khan Younis in 2003 to Sonic Boom "phantom air raids". Now, there is talk of cluster bombs, depleted uranium, and white phosphorus.

And these are only the ones people can identify. CNN corespondents stationed near the borders have also been talking about new kinds of explosions.

Norwegian medics say that some of the victims who have been wounded since Israel began its attacks on the Gaza Strip on December 27 have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies, according to Press TV.

There are also reports that the Israeli Army is using both cluster bombs in the northern part of the Strip, as well as White Phosphorus, an incendiary weapon used by the United States in Iraq (which would explain the large flare-like explosions unseen before in Gaza).

My father yesterday treated patients in Shifa hospital exposed to some of these ordnances. The description he gave was as follows:

"there were a series of bombs in a row, a large white halo, followed by white smoke which caused severe irritation and inability to breathe; the exposed areas become red, blistered all over the skin, and itchy."

9 Comments:

Anonymous Razan said...

i am only 15, but seeing these people die, these CHILDREN AND WOMEN die like this made me infuriated. wow well this has turned into a holocaust against palestinians. this mass murder against palestinians in gaza is inhumane and we all know this is not against just hamas but agaisnt palestinians as a whole, one can even say against Muslims.I am only 15 and after seeing you on CNN and listening to the story your dad had to tell, well this just makes me want to hop on a plane and fight those israelis off myself. I don't understand the point of a cease-fire (the previous one) if you are just going to keep blocking the palestinians from necessary resources. 4 for 500 deaths. that is not right. we will continue to protet down here in dallas and all over the world and hopefully the muslim community and arab commnity will listen and this torture will end.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, white phosphorus has been used by most major military efforts since World War 1...

8:29 PM  
Blogger John W said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the people of Palestine in these dark times of terrorist oppression.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Laila, I saw you on CNN last night and I spent time today reading your blog. I want to thank you for bringing a personal view to the situation in Gaza. I think that the media here has not been able to fully represent BOTH sides of the story.
I was particularly touched by the conversations between you and your parents in Gaza. I'll keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

-Alison, in Philadelphia PA

9:10 PM  
Blogger Paulo said...

laila i saw you last night on CNN (and listened you father). Just wanted to tell you that you're not alone in this fight against war sounds weird but its what it is, or... maybe its a war against violence? IDK

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would not be so sad if they were attacking an army, but they are attacking a city.

Is any weapon acceptable when attacking a people? No.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helping Gaza: Please distribute widely:

1. UNRWA
http://www.un.org/unrwa/emergency/donation/emergency_activities.html

2. ANERA
http://www.anera.org/

3. ICRC
http://www.icrc.org/Web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/helpicrc

4. Relief International
http://www.ri.org

I know that the wife of Kamran Elahian (board chairman of Relief International) is now in the West Bank, hoping to secure the permits to join RI relief teams in Gaza.

9:18 PM  
Blogger jodancingtree said...

I grew up reading Anne Frank, and being grateful that the Jews finally had a homeland. But these days, I grieve and feel utterly disgusted at what they've done with that blessing. If there are Israelis who oppose this massacre, they need to make their voices heard, NOW. And my own country, the US, sponsors and supports this atrocity! I'm ashamed - and yet, I think the majority of American citizens do NOT support it - unfortunately our political leaders don't listen to ordinary Americans when it comes to Israel.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Zio Fiasco said...

hi
i m mike from Italy. The freedom must be freedom of all not just one side. when freedom affect and narrow down other freedoms, become a criminal abuse of power,

http://maremmacinghiala.blogspot.com

4:53 PM  

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