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White Phosphorous: A Grey Area?

White phosphorous has become well-known in recent years, mainly as a result of the controversy surrounding its use during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the recent conflicts between Israel and Hizbollah and Hamas. It is primarily a smokescreen-producing agent, used to conceal troop movements, and is also a means of illuminating the battlefield. However, it can have incendiary side effects which cause horrific injuries to human beings. Human Rights Watch has condemned the use of white phosphorous by the Israeli Defence Forces during the recent action in Gaza: The IDF’s credibility [it said] probably took the biggest…