Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Israel Using Chemical Weapons in Gaza?

DayStarr, back in New York, sent this out on an e-list I’m on. If it’s true, once again I’m not surprised. Sad, but unsurprised. Israel and the United States both consider themselves directly instructed by God to do what they want.

Israel intensifies Gaza action
Tuesday 11 July 2006

Israel has begun fresh air strikes in the Gaza Strip after pledging
to intensify its military offensive on the territory that has killed
51 Palestinians in two weeks.

One Palestinian was killed and four others wounded in a series of
Israeli air strikes in the northern industrial zone of Bait Hanun,
medics said on Tuesday.

The Israeli military confirmed an air raid in the Bait Hanun area of
northern Gaza, the site of two earlier strikes on Tuesday.

The dead man was named Ahmed Shahid, who was struck by a missile
fired towards a car, the sources said.

Israeli aircraft also carried out two overnight air strikes against a
bridge in the northern Gaza Strip and against a "gunman" west of the
Karni transit point for goods entering and leaving the Palestinian
territory, a spokesman said.

Ground troops are massed on the eastern and northern border of the
impoverished territory - one of the most densely populated areas on
earth - and are also stationed east of Gaza City and in the south
near a defunct airport.

Israel says the massive operation is to secure the release of a
captured soldier on June 25, and halting Palestinian rocket attacks.

Palestinian medics said on Tuesday that patients treated in Shifa
hospital in Gaza and bodies at the mortuary presented unusual burns,
raising concerns that Israel was using chemical weapons.


Chemical weapons?

In Shifa hospital, Dr al-Saqqa said most of the dead bodies taken to
the facility were torn apart and completely burnt.

"Even bodies of the injured have been almost completely burnt. They
have been deformed in a very ugly way that we have never seen
before," he told Aljazeera channel.

Al-Saqaa, who heads the hospital's emergency service, said relatives
had been unable to identify the dead victims.

"When we try to X-ray dead bodies, we find no trace of the shrapnel
that hit the person killed," he said, adding that the bodies seemed
to have been chemically burnt.

"We are sure that Israel is using a new chemical or radioactive
weapon in the new operation. More than 25% of the injured are
children, aged under 16."

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