Skip to comments.Israel 'using chemical weapons' [Lebanese doctor "accused Israel of using phosphorus bombs"]
Posted on 07/27/2006 3:31:44 AM PDT by yankeedame
LEBANON is investigating reports from doctors that Israel has used weapons in its 15-day-old bombardment of southern Lebanon that have caused wounds they have never seen before. "We are sending off samples tomorrow, but we have no confirmation yet that illegal weapons have been used," Health Minister Mohammed Khalife said.
The Israeli army said it had used only conventional weapons and ammunition in attacks aimed at Hezbollah guerrillas and nothing contravening international law.
Blackened bodies have been showing up at hospitals in southern Lebanon two weeks into the war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas that has seen at least 418 people, mostly civilians, killed in Lebanon and at least 42 Israelis.
Killed by Israeli air raids, the Lebanese dead are charred in a way local doctors, who have lived through years of civil war and Israeli occupation, say they have not seen before.
Bachir Cham, a Belgian-Lebanese doctor at the Southern Medical Centre in Sidon, received eight bodies after an Israeli air raid on nearby Rmeili which he said exhibited such wounds.
He has taken 24 samples from the bodies to test what killed them. He believes it is a chemical.
Dr Cham said the bodies of some victims were "black as shoes, so they are definitely using chemical weapons. They are all black but their hair and skin is intact so they are not really burnt. It is something else".
"If you burnt someone with petrol their hair would burn and their skin would burn down to the bone. The Israelis are 100 per cent using chemical weapons."
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has repeatedly accused Israel of using phosphorus bombs in its offensive.
Human Rights Watch, which has accused the Israeli army of using cluster bombs in populated areas of southern Lebanon, said it had not verified claims that Israel had used phosphorus.
"We are investigating but we haven't confirmed anything yet. We have seen phosphorus used before and we have seen it in the artillery stocks of the Israeli army in the north," said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch.
"Phosphorus shells do have a legitimate use in illuminating the battlefield at night. The offensive use of phosphorus would be a violation of international conventions."
Television footage shows some bodies, such as those of 20 civilians killed when an Israeli missile hit the van in which they were fleeing the border village of Marwaheen, blackened in the way Dr Cham describes. No one knows what killed them.
"We are seeing abnormal burns, different from wars we've seen in the past. The corpses of these victims are shrinking to half their normal size. You think it is the corpse of a child at first but it turns out to be a grown man," said Raed Salman Zeinedine, director of Tyre Government Hospital.
"We've never seen anything like it but what the causes are I don't want to speculate. We have no scientific answer."
The Israel Army said it did not target civilians at all.
"We use only weapons and ammunition which will best hit our targets and cause least collateral damage," said army spokesman Captain Jacob Dallal.
"It could be that a body is burned from fire or the force of an explosion, but between that and suggesting we do something illegal under international law are two different things."
OK, so why don't someone call the cops.
It was The Jooos all along!
Technically, any explosive compound is a chemical.
Human Rights Watch, which has accused the Israeli army of using cluster bombs in populated areas....
That's where they work best......in clusters.
The corpses of these victims are shrinking to half their normal size. You think it is the corpse of a child at first but it turns out to be a grown man.....
This may explain why so many of the casualties are reported as children.
In Okinawa the U.S. used flame throwers to kill suicidal Japanese holed up in underground bunkers.
The Islraelis should use poison gas and falme throwers to rout these Hezebollah rats out their burrows.
Complaininig about using these kinds of weapons on creatures like the Hezebollah murderers is utter nonensense.
Earth to Reuters: Terrorists don't wear uniforms! And Hezbollah is certainly NOT going to tell you they've had 1,283 (whatever) DRT (Dead Right There) terrorists comrades.
The Hezzies have their insidious (CBR) munitions scattered all through a complicit civilian populace .. a conventional, Israeli weapon sets one or more off .. the 'blame' is laid on Israel.
Now my question, How does one tell the difference between a dead terrorist and a dead civilian when both wear civilian clothing? And if you can't tell, then why cliam they are dead civilians and not dead terrorist?
When does a bomb become a chemical bomb? It is my understanding that a phosphorus bomb is an incendiary device, and that it uses a chemical to start a fire. It doesn't use chemical interactions with human physiology to kill, which is the usual definition of a chemical weapon.
Similarly, a conventional high explosive bomb uses chemicals to create an explosion. This is not a chemical weapon, just because it uses chemicals.
Ain't none of them nice bombs, however.
He never assumed they might be Hez weapons?
They're all civilians. Some are innocent civilians, and some are criminal terrorist civilians. Differentiating between the two types of civilians is very difficult.
Omlettes and eggs.
Well approximately one-third are little kids, according to most published reports from a variety of sources. The photos of the mass burials show shorter coffins, for the children, and they seem to number about one-third of the burials.
While there is no guarantee that a child under 10 is not a terrorist, the majority are likely to be just kids killed accidently.
Just out of curiosity, what would the combustion products be from secondary explosions when a rocket stash was hit? I'd think there'd be some similarity to willie pete. My bet is that rocket propellant residue is what will be found.