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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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.
It might be white phosphorus or water mixed with other materials, or possibly sewage water," said Al-Faqih.
Oral ingestion of white phosphorus in humans has been demonstrated to result in pathologic changes to the liver and kidneys.
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.
As a consequence, the IDF is in the process of establishing permanent restrictions on the use of munitions containing white phosphorus in urban areas," the report said.
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.
The Environmental Agency officers in this area did not know that white phosphorus was highly toxic until we told them about it.
Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's corrrespondent in Jerusalem, said that the credibility of the military investigation is being called into question, especially as the January 15 incident was well-known for the Israeli military's widely-condemned use of white phosphorus.