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Israel accused of using banned weapons


Lebanese medical workers say evidence is mounting that Israel may be using weapons forbidden under international law. Media in Lebanon claimed last week that Israel had been using bombs containing white phosphorous, a substance which can cause organ failure if ingested. The Spanish news agency EFE says several doctors from hospitals in southern Lebanon have been treating victims with what they called “very strange wounds” which they have not seen before.

In an interview with Portuguese television, one Lebanese doctor said his team had carried out many organ transplants since the start of the conflict, and that this was consistent with use of white phosphorous bombs. Lebanese medical authorities have decided to seek independent verification of the claims from foreign experts.

Israel is also being accused of using cluster bombs and anti-personnel mines in southern Lebanon. The NGO Handicap International says the long term consequences of using of such weapons, which are legal, could be disastrous for civilians.

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