white phosphorus


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white phosphorus

[′wīt ′fä·sfə·rəs]
(chemistry)
The element phosphorus in its allotropic form, a soft, waxy, poisonous solid melting at 44.5°C; soluble in carbon disulfide, insoluble in water and alcohol; self-igniting in air. Also known as yellow phosphorus.
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Designed to be hard to extinguish, incendiary weapons such as napalm, thermite and white phosphorus have often been used as defoliants, meant to burn away cover for those hiding in thick brush.
International Law restricts the use of white phosphorus and I can safely state that the US is guilty of hypocrisy and double-standards once again.
Jerusalem: Israel's army has announced it will stop using munitions containing white phosphorus, for which it was internationally condemned during a military operation against Gaza in 2008-2009.
Don't hold your breath, unless you're a Gazan hit by an Israeli white phosphorus bomb.
The field hospital -- a non-governmental entity -- stated on its Facebook page that "three cases involved infection by white phosphorus, while over 200 cases were infected with other different, unknown substances".
Meanwhile, the Israeli spokesman claimed that the two mortar missiles, which were fired at Ashkol town early Sunday, had contained white phosphorus.
When later asked in the same interview about white phosphorus, Prof.
The report also said that the Israeli military is establishing new orders on the use of munitions containing white phosphorus, which can cause severe burns and ignite civilian structures, and is 'establishing permanent restrictions on the use of munitions containing white phosphorus in urban areas.
JERUSALEM: Israel will restrict its use of white phosphorus munitions and seek to limit civilian casualties in future wars, it said in a report to the UN secretary general released this week.
Israel has also decided to restrict the use of controversial munitions, such as white phosphorus and smoke-screeming munitions, both of which cause incredibly bad burns.
With the lack of grounding in any consistent socio-political philosophy to define normative values, politics becomes emotional and hypocritical, producing individuals who at the same time identify themselves as right-to-lifers yet support immoral wars that incinerate Middle Eastern women and children with cluster bombs and white phosphorus.
In its newly annual report released Thursday, the group said that Israeli forces carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against Gazan civilians, targeted and killed medical staff, used Palestinians as "human shields", and indiscriminately fired white phosphorus over densely populated residential areas.