Human rights group Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes, saying its use of white phosphorus shells in Gaza was indiscriminate.
«Such extensive use of this weapon in Gaza’s densely populated residential neighborhoods is inherently indiscriminate,» Donatella Rovera, a Middle East researcher with Amnesty International, said in a statement on Monday.
«Its repeated use in this manner, despite evidence of its indiscriminate effects and its toll on civilians, is a war crime,» she charged.
The statement was released after British weapons expert Chris Cobb-Smith found widespread evidence of the use of the incendiary material in an on-the-ground study on Sunday.
«We saw streets and alleyways littered with evidence of the use of white phosphorus, including still-burning wedges and the remnants of the shells and canisters fired by the Israeli army,» he said in a statement.
«It is highly incendiary, air burst and its spread effect is such that it should never be used on civilian areas,» he explained.