Press TV 
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Laboratory tests conducted by a Turkish university on Gaza soil have confirmed the use of phosphorus bombs by Israel in the coastal sliver.
Istanbul’s Yildiz Technical University conducted the tests on soil transferred by the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (MAZLUM-DER).
The tests yielded results confirming the existence of white phosphorus particles in the samples, the daily Vakit reports.
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White phosphorus, classified as a ‘chemical weapon’ by US intelligence, is an incendiary material that causes horrific burns, severe injuries or death when it comes in contact with humans.
During Israel’s 23-day offensive in the Gaza Strip, a fierce controversy broke out over the alleged use of white phosphorus — also known by the military as WP or Willie Pete — by the Israeli army.
The legality of the toxic chemical agent is a matter of debate, with many groups recognizing it as an illegal weapon, while international law allows its usage solely for smoke-screening.
Israel maintains that its actions were being conducted under international laws, despite contradictory reports of the Israeli claim.
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