UK government faces action call on phosphorous weapons

By Agencies
January 17, 2009

Following reports that the headquarters of the UN aid agency in Gaza have been hit by white phosphorous fired by Israeli forces, the UK government is being asked to push for an explanation.

The Liberal Democrats' Shadow Foreign Secretary, Edward Davey, says: "The Israeli military has been claiming it is not using illegal munitions, but this appears to be damning evidence that it has been breaching international law by firing white phosphorous into civilian areas."

He added: "No civilised country has any excuse for using this horrific weapon in built-up areas where it is bound to hit innocent civilians."

The parliamentarian says that Foreign Secretary David Miliband "must call in the Israeli ambassador to demand an explanation for what appears to be a flagrant breach of international law."

Keywords:weapons | israel | gaza
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