Israel Excessively Uses White Phosphorus Shells on Gaza

On the sixteenth day of Israel’s war on Gaza, fighters jets, vessels and tanks continued to pound the Gaza strip overnight into Sunday.
More houses have been targeted, more civilians have fell martyrs and injured in this day’s excessive use of internationally prohibited white phosphorus shells.
Palestinian medics said at least four Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded early Sunday. Doctors said burn wounds were caused by banned white phosphorous shells, with Israel denying the charge. Exposure to white phosphorus may cause burns and irritation, liver, kidney, heart, lung, or bone damage, and death.
Indications that white phosphorous is being used in Gaza follow the sighting of thick white smoke in the sky above the Palestinian territory.
Israel had used white Phosphorus shell in its war on Lebanon in 2006. Under the Geneva Treaty of 1980, white phosphorous is banned as a weapon of war in civilian areas because of the severe injuries it causes.
At least 875 Palestinians, including some 300 children and 100 women, have been killed so far with another 3,700 people injured since the beginning of the war 16 days ago.
Reports from Gaza said that Israeli tanks had attempted to enter the Al Sheikh Ajlin neighborhood of Gaza City, shelling it and another area closer to the city centre, Tall al-Hawa. They said there had also been intense shelling of the city’s Zeitun neighborhood, as well as of Sudaniyah, in northwestern Gaza.
In the meantime, the Palestinian resistance said that heavy exchange of fire is taking place in almost every area where the Israel army is trying to advance.
The Izzeddine Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, showed footage of blowing up a house where Israeli soldiers had been positioned. The footage also showed an Israeli armored carrier rushing to the house to evacuate the killed and injured soldiers.
For its part, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement also showed footage of sniping an Israeli soldier and exhibited some equipment they had collected from Israeli soldiers killed in the battlefield.
The Palestinian resistance meanwhile continues to pound Israeli settlements and cities despite a 16-day old Israeli offensive on Gaza.
Simultaneously with repelling occupation soldiers from advancing further, the resistance fired two Grads at the southern city of Beersheba Sunday. A car and a building were damaged. 
Another Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, east of Gaza.
Several other rockets landed earlier in Ashkelon one of them hitting a building. Four settlers were injured and, according to Israeli media, twenty-seven people “suffered shock.”
Barrages were fired Saturday at the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils. Several rockets landed in Ashdod.



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