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US supplied phosphorus shells used in Gaza, says Amnesty International

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b828 (Published 26 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b828
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    White phosphorus shells used by Israeli forces in the Gaza strip were made in the United States, according to an Amnesty International report. The report calls for an arms embargo on all parties involved in the recent Gaza conflict.

    Amnesty’s investigation has documented dozens of weapons used by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas and accuses both sides of using weapons from abroad to commit war crimes in the three week conflict.

    “We urge the United Nations security council to impose an immediate and comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas, and other Palestinian armed groups until effective mechanisms are found to ensure that munitions and other military equipment are not used to commit …

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