Israel is admitting that perhaps they used white phosphorous shells in areas where civilians were. That announcement comes after international rage over the use of the deadly shells.
On January 15 three white phosphorus shells hit the UN compound in Gaza City. It was later used the same day at the al-Quds hospital.
Army sources are stating that up to 20 of the shells were fired into Beit Lahiya.
The internal inquiry of the use of these shells is being conducted after human rights groups demanded answers. Israel for weeks insisted that the use of white phosphorus was within international laws. They are proving themselves that those claims were deadly wrong.
Doctors treating civilians in Gaza already know that. They have shown dozens of suspected phosphorus burns on their patients.
180 shells were fired on Hamas fighters and rocket launch crews in northern Gaza. 20 more though are being investigated by Alkalai.
The Guardian reports:
“They obviously could not have gone on denying the use of phosphorus,” Donatella Rovera, Amnesty researcher for Israel and the Occupied Territories, told the Guardian yesterday. “There are still phosphorus wedges burning all over Gaza including at the UN compound and at the school.
“It is clear they are not using it as smoke screen as they claimed. They used it in areas where they had no forces, and there are much less problematic smoke screens that they could have used.”
On Monday Amnesty International warned that Israel is facing charges of war crimes from the use of the shells in civilian areas.