Cast lead - burning phosphorus
This blog was one of the first to state that Israel was using phosphorus in Gaza and to reject the notion that the IDF could use the excuses of technical exemptions for their use of chemical weapons in urban areas.Al Jazeera:
Al Jazeera has learnt that a total of 53 installations used by the United Nations Relief and Works agency, Unrwa, were damaged or destroyed during Israel's Gaza campaign including 37 schools - six of which are being used as emergency shelters - six health centres, and two warehouses.
White phosphorus - a high-incendiary substance that burns brightly and for long periods on contact with the air - is often used to produce smoke screens.
But it can also be used as a weapon producing extreme burns when it makes contact with human skin.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported a brigade of paratroop reservists fired about 20 white phosphorus shells into the built-up area of Beit Lahiya on January 17, which landed in the UN-run compound where the two Palestinian children were killed and severe burns were inflicted on 14 other people.
Amnesty International, the London-based rights group, has accused Israel of war crimes over its use of the munitions in heavily populated areas.
Right into a school. A UN school. They knew exactly where the school was. The school containing hundreds of refugees from Israel's scorched earth policy in Gaza.