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John Zaracostas quotes Amnesty International in criticising Israel
for the Gaza conflict with regard to civilian casualties, targeting
ambulances and the use of white phosphorus munitions.
It would have been good reporting to see reference to more credible
sources eg the Associated Press on Jan 13 09 (1) said Israel had fired
white phosphorus shells in Gaza but there was no evidence of it being used
improperly or illegally.
The Times January 11 09(2) quoted Colonel Richard Kemp recently
senior military adviser to the Cabinet Office who said that "Hamas deploys
suicide attackers including women and children, and rigs up schools and
houses with booby-trap explosives. Its leaders knew as a matter of
certainty this would lead to civilian casualties if there was a ground
battle. Virtually every aspect of its operation is illegal under
international humanitarian law..." Colonel Kemp also said that if the IDF
had no regard for civilian
lives it would not have leafleted and telephoned Gaza residents giving
warning when an attack in that area was imminent.