HRW Report on White Phosphrous – what the IDF had to say

One of the interesting parts of the Human Rights Watch report on the IDF’s use of White Phosphorus, entitled “Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza”, is the discussion of what the IDF had to say about it.

The HRW report refutes the repeated Israeli claim that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has exonerated the IDF from any wrongdoing with its use of White Phosphorus in Gaza.
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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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