According to a new scientific study there is "a strong correlation of birth defects newborns and parent's exposure to attacks with white phosphorus": at the registation at birth 27% of parents with birth defect children declared exposure to white phosphorus while only 1.7% of parents with normal children made the same declaration.
Published on The Independent on 24 July 2010
This report made by Palestinian doctors was published on The Lancet
The 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings in Gaza Strip have left a high concentration of toxic metals in the soil. Those metals can cause tumours and problems with fertility, and they can have serious effects on newly born babies, like deformities and genetic pathologies. The metals are in particular tungsten, mercury, molybdenum, cadmium and cobalt.
Deformed babies in Fallujah
Iraq LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
This report documents Israel’s extensive use of white phosphorus munitions during its 22- day military operations in Gaza, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, named Operation Cast Lead. Based on in-depth investigations in Gaza, the report concludes that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) repeatedly exploded white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas, killing and injuring civilians, and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital.
Call to Scientists, Doctors, Lawyers and Jurists, to endorse a request of enquiry to Un assembly, Hrc, Who, Unrwa
To the Secretary General of UN Assembly, Marcos Manuel D'Escoto,
to the Human Right Council,
to the World Health Organization,
to the UN representative for Palestine Prof. Richard Falk
and for information to Dr. Gingues of UNWRA in Gaza
We, the undersigned organizations and professionals in Medicine, Science and Law ask you to respond to with prompt and strong determinations to the issues raised by the report of illegal, inhumane and uncontrollable weapons on the civil population in Gaza, specifically with reference to the use of thermobaric weapons in populated areas, targeting of civilians and children by so called low collateral damage weapons and DIME, use of White Phosphorus on inhabited areas, use of weapons that liberate submunitions, use of heavy metals containing weapons that pollute and put at risk the population for the time to be.
Rome, January 9th, 2009 - Mounting evidence is emerging that Israel is experimenting new non-conventional weapons on civilian population in Gaza. "It is happening again what we saw in Lebanon two years ago", says Paola Manduca, genetics teacher and researcher at the University of Genoa and member of New Weapons Research Committee (NWRC), "where Israel used white phosphorus, Dense inert metal explosive (DIME), thermobaric bombs, cluster bombs and uranium ammunitions.Still today there are unexploded bombs and radioactivity on the ground".
Abstract: White phosphorus results in painful chemical burn injuries. The resultant burn typically appears as a necrotic area with a yellowish colour and characteristic garlic like odour. White phosphorus is highly lipid soluble and as such, is believed to have rapid dermal penetration once particles are embedded under the skin. Few studies have investigated the degree of tissue destruction associated with white phosphorus injuries. In the experimental animal model, most tissue destruction appears to be secondary to the heat generated by oxidation.
Open letter to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Published on 23 Maj 2007.