Publish date24 Jun 2024 - 13:33
Story Code : 640311

Media reports Israel’s use of banned white phosphorous in south Lebanon

A local Lebanese media has reported that Israeli forces have used the internationally banned white phosphorous bombs and munitions during their recent months’ attacks targeting southern Lebanon.
Media reports Israel’s use of banned white phosphorous in south Lebanon
Lebanon's official National News Agency reported that the most recent attacks occurred near the town of Kfar Kila.

Israeli forces are also carrying out “a search operation” near Kfar Kila from their base in Metula, a town on the northern side of the 1948 Israeli-occupied territories.

The report further says the attacks endangered civilians' lives and caused massive fires in the region.
Israel continues to use white phosphorus munitions in south Lebanon, causing lasting damage and driving villagers away.

A series of reports have said that white phosphorus attacks are “putting civilians at grave risk” and “contributing to displacement”.

A recent investigation by Qatar-based al-Jazeera found that Israel had dropped 117 phosphoric bombs on southern Lebanon, striking at least 32 towns and villages between October and March.

The impacted area spanned nearly the entirety of Lebanon’s 100km southern border with the occupied territories. Israel’s repeated use of white phosphorous has drawn the ire of international humanitarian organizations.

On March 19, Oxfam called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to “immediately suspend arms transfers to Israel.”

Israel reportedly used US-supplied white phosphorus munitions in an October attack in southern Lebanon, according to a Washington Post investigation in December.

Photos and videos verified by international rights groups and reviewed by The Post show the characteristic ribbons of white phosphorus smoke falling over Dheira, a southern Lebanese village, on October 16.

Lot production codes found on the shells match the nomenclature used by the US military to categorize domestically produced munitions, which show they were made by ammunition depots in Louisiana and Arkansas in 1989 and 1992, the report back then said.

Lebanon has been urged to file a declaration with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enable an investigation and prosecution of the Israeli regime.

At least 455 people have been killed on the Lebanese border, including more than 80 civilians since Israeli regime began its genocidal war on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Two Israeli wars waged against Lebanon in 2000 and 2006 were met with strong resistance from Hezbollah, resulting in the retreat of the regime in both conflicts.
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