Hamas health minister: More babies born with defects after Cast Lead

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A comparison of the months July, August and September in 2009 to the same period of the last year has found that the amount of babies born with birth defects has risen by 50%, a report compiled by Gaza City's Shifah Hospital found. Hamas Minister of Health Hassan Khalef said that the ministry is considering the option that the implementation of Israel's Operation Cast Lead (December 2008-January 2009) is related to the findings. Khlaef speculated that the IDF's alleged use of White Phosphorus during the maneuver was connected to the increase in babies born with defects, among them missing limbs. He added that he was very worried as a result of the developments and that "Israel's war crimes" must be investigated.