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Israel, Lebanon agree on
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The Israeli
government confirmed on Sunday it had used controversial phosphorus shells
during its monthlong war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon this summer.
The International Red Cross and other human rights
organizations have urged a world ban on the munitions, saying they cause undue
suffering through severe burns when coming into contact with human
The Israeli admission was made by the cabinet
minister, Jacob Edery, who was questioned on the subject by Zahava Gal-On, a
member of the Knesset.
Edery said: "The IDF (Israel Defence Force)
holds phosphorus munitions in different forms. The IDF made use of phosphorus
shells during the war against Hizbullah in attacks against military targets in
Edery said that the Israeli army uses phosphorus
weapons according to the rules of international law. However, there have been
numerous reports that Israeli phosphorus munitions injured and killed civilians
The war began on July 12 when Israel launched air
strikes on Lebanon after two of its soldiers were abducted by Hizbullah
from the Israel-Lebanon border. Hizbullah then began firing rockets into
Throughout the war, Israel was accused of using
controversial weapons, including white phosphorus and cluster munitions
against civilian targets. Both sides were accused of war crimes in their attacks
on civilians by the human rights group, Human Rights Watch.
Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz said
Sunday Israel would continue to carry out reconnaissance flights over
Lebanon. The United Nations has criticized Israel for its continued violations
of Lebanese air space.