Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:30 pm
Israeli army to halt use of white phosphorous
The Associated Press
Israel's army said in a statement on Thursday that it would replace white phosphorous shells with based entirely on gas. Officials didn't offer further details, nor give a specific date for when they would retire the shells.
Israel came under heavy criticism after the three-week winter war in Gaza in 2008 and 2009 against the territory's Hamas for using white phosphorous shells. During the conflict, shells were used against a U.N. warehouse where more than 700 Palestinians were sheltering.
White phosphorus can be used legally in some battlefield situations, but Israel's use of it in Gaza drew war crimes allegations by the U.N.