Skip to comments.Shrapnel-filled rockets used on civilians
Posted on 08/31/2006 8:44:57 PM PDT by jdm
TROUBLE IN THE HOLY LAND
Shrapnel-filled rockets used on civilians
Israel documents civilian-targeted weapons from Syria, Iran
Posted: August 31, 2006
5:00 p.m. Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Steel balls and other lethal fragments were encased in rockets from Syria and Iran that were used by Hezbollah on Israeli civilian areas during the recent war, the Israeli Ministry of Defense confirmed to WND today.
Photographs of the anti-personnel "flying metal" damage done by Syrian-made 220-mm rockets fired by Hezbollah were published today in Israel by Uzi Rubin of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Rubin served as the head of Israel's Missile Defense Organization from 1991 to 1999, when he oversaw development of the country's Arrow anti-missile defense system.
The published report documented the Hezbollah rockets and rocket launchers as "one of the defining weapons of the second Lebanon war," predicting their impact in the Middle East "will encourage radical movements to adopt rocket attacks against U.S. and Western forces and assets."
The report documented 4,228 rocket impacts inside Israel from rockets fired by Hezbollah from July 13 to Aug. 13. Israel suffered 53 fatalities from the attacks, along with 250 severely wounded people and 2,000 lightly wounded.
Nearly 80 percent of the Israeli fatalities involved civilians caught in the open.
Rubin concluded the public shelters and the security rooms dictated by building codes in private dwellings were effective in protecting the 1 million civilians living in the northern Israel areas under attack. Some 250,000 Israeli civilians evacuated the north, relocating to other areas of the country.
Among the Syrian-provided rockets used were:
The photographs of Syrian and Iranian rockets fired by Hezbollah provided documentation of worldwide speculation during the war that Syria and Iran both had been involved in arming Hezbollah.
Israel also identified debris from Iranian-made240 mm Fajr-3 with a range of 28 miles. Hezbollah also attacked Israeli naval vessels in the Mediterranean with the "Noor" (C802) anti-ship cruise missile, a Chinese-designed, Iranian-manufactured missile. On July 14, a C802 killed four Israeli sailors aboard the Israeli Navy Ship INS Hanit.
During the first two weeks of the war, Hezbollah rocket attacks averaged about 100 per day. In early August, Hezbollah doubled the rate of attack to a daily average of 200. There was a decline in the final week, although Hezbollah still was able to launch 250 rockets Aug.13, the day before the cease-fire. Rubin concluded "Israeli counterattacks apparently had no serious influence on Hezbollah's rate of fire but had an effect on the accuracy and geography of the attacks."
Rubin concluded Israel needed to reduce the "flash-to-bang" cycle the interval from the launch of a Hezbollah rocket to the Israeli counterattack to a few seconds from the time of pinpointing launcher location. Rubin's second major conclusion was Israel needed "to develop and deploy effective and affordable active defense against rockets to protect vital civilian and military installations."
Early warning sirens were credited with providing "timely alarms, saving innumerable lives."
Counter-fire by Israeli artillery was rated "marginally effective," as were raids by Special Forces units on rocket launchers and command posts. Rubin also rated air strikes as "moderately effective," as they degraded the accuracy of the rocket launchers and pushed them away from the best launching zones from which to strike Haifa.
Rubin noted that one of the major effects of the war was that economic activity in Israel effectively was suspended for a month.
A condemnation from the UN!!!
Oh wait...it was the terrorists doing this? That's ok then.
Yeah, they weren't made in the USA so it's A okay...
Weren't the Al-Appeasers complaining about Israel using cluster bombs?
I think this is what they need.... laser defense..
Drop one on Moscow.
"B302" 302 mm rocket, range 62 miles, warhead 386 pounds, probably Syrian-manufactured Chinese WS-1 MLRS
Drop one on Beijing.
Then ask them what else they are supplying Tehran.
Pot = Kettle
Flechettes are an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from tanks. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 3.75 mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch three hundred meters long and about ninety meters wide. .
The IDF uses flechette shells (M494 105mm APERS-T rounds) that are 105 mm in diameter and are fired from tanks.
Supplied by none other than - the USofA - and the IDF has been using them for years. Lots of bad blood to go around.
Are these fired at civilians? Because that's who the Katushya rockets are fired at
Your comparison is ridiculous
-Unbiased, left wing media's response to this story....
www.btselem.org/english/Firearms/Flechette.asp www.nationalvanguard.org/story.php?id=1242 www.hrw.org/press/2003/04/israel042903.htm And this is not just all Leftist sites
This goes on for another 10 pages if you google "IDF flechette" Other keywords will get you slightly different results.
I am embarresed as an American that these weapons, supplied by us, are used in this manner. And the use may well be against international law.
Kill the bad guys, not everyone in the neighbothood.
I hope this lets you see where I am coming from, based on international news stories and from known 'critical' sources.
I don't believe their BS stories about the IDF. Where are the credible photographs of flechette injuries. #2 If these flechette rounds have been used it is very very rare and they are not used on innocent civilians but ones in fighting or in rioting mode
The above site seems credible to me and the IDF use of flechette rounds are justified in the rare instances cited. These maggots fire on the IDF from civilian populations. The IDF takes action. In your book they should do nothing.
I see IDF use of flechette in the recent Hizb'Allah war as justified. What do you think?
Naturally, the UN will get right on it and condemn the use of these hideous weapons by Hez-bull-bleep..........um...naturally, the UN will get right on it and condemn the use of these hideous weapons by Hez-bull-bleep........um.........oh, that's right Kofi whats-his-face and the rest of the clowns and the UN are Hez-bull-bleep's buddies. Never mind.
Well, this is exactly how anti-personnel weapons are made these days. Actually, for quite some time now. I suppose the dimwit thought they were supposed to make them out of paper so they'd just go BOOM?
It is one thing to use flechettes against military targets, or Claymores for that matter. It is another thing entirely to aim hundreds of flying Claymores indiscriminately at civilian areas as Hiz did.
Go sell your moral equivalence arguments to will buyers. You will find few such people here.
Meanwhile, you can't say SQUAT against Hiz launching attacks from among civilians - a direct war crime - which forces Israel to cause harm to civilians to get at the military targets in their midst - because Hiz wants just that, civilian casualties, so nitwits like you can gripe about horrible Israel.
The VC/NVA used 122's and 107's against us in Viet Nam, nasty things they were to. In a fire fight you knew more or less where things were going to go, but rockets are so bloody random. Don't know where they come from until it is to late, and don't have a clue where they may land. They were terrifying.
Wrong. Isreal doesn't use them against human beings.
Ack. Israel. I knew that.
It would appear that from this and other posts later on, I cannot make a point. Yes, the hez-b-lah fire at civilians, yes they are monsters.
I looked at your Jane's link and the fleschette rounds are being used on guerrilla fighters, not civilians. Hizb'Allah Katyusha rockets were fired at Israeli civilians. Some of them were packed with ball bearing and other shrapnel