Human Rights Watch (HRW) lifts embargo on White Phosphorous report

Fred Abrahams, the senior emergencies researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), and one of the co-authors of the report on Israel’s use of White Phosphorus in Gaza during the recent 22-day military operation, Cast Lead, said this afternoon in Jerusalem that the embargo was being lifted this afternoon, due to numerous leaks, already published in the media.

In a press release accompanying the report, Abrahams said “In Gaza, the Israeli military didn’t just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops … It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren’t in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died … For the needless civilian deaths caused by white phosphorus, senior commanders should be held to account”
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