Palestinian MP rejects allegations of phosphorus use

Ismail al-Ashqar says any claims substance was used in recent rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza are "baseless and nonsense."

November 22, 2010 14:21
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A Palestinian member of Parliament denied on Monday that phosphorus had been used in any rocket attacks on Israel in recent days, Fars News Agency reported.

Ismail al-Ashqar, chairman of the Palestinian parliament's Security Committee, told the FNA that  "The Zionist Regime's claim that resistant forces in Gaza possess phosphorus bombs is baseless and nonsense," and added that Israel is "covering its crimes through such claims."

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According to the report, Ashqar also expressed confidence in his views being shared by the UN Security Council before calling on the body to put IDF commanders on trial for "war crimes."

Over the weekend, the IDF reported that the four mortar shells that landed near Ashkelon on Friday contained white phosphorous. The Salah a-Din Brigade claimed responsibility for the mortar attack, which the group said came in response to the IDF’s targeted killing of a top al- Qaida-affiliated terrorist and his brother.

Under international law, white phosphorus is banned for use near civilians.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman directed acting ambassador to the United Nations Meron Reuben to file a complaint to UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon over the barrage of rockets and mortar shells fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Yaakov Katz and Herb Keinon contributed to this report

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