white phosphorus


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A toxic allotrope of phosphorus that reacts spontaneously at room temperature with ambient O2, and is highly combustible, especially > 30ºC; the vapours are highly irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract and cause deep thermal burns at sites of skin contact; prolonged exposure is associated with facial bone necrosis, abdominal pain, jaundice, ‘garlic breath’, anaemia, cachexia, blepharospasm, photophobia

white phosphorus

pure phosphorus, used at one time as a rodenticide.
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It might be white phosphorus or water mixed with other materials, or possibly sewage water," said Al-Faqih.
Oral ingestion of white phosphorus in humans has been demonstrated to result in pathologic changes to the liver and kidneys.
Israel's recognition of the need to change its policies, especially on property destruction and the use of white phosphorus is a positive step, but the military should make the new policies public to ensure they are consistent with international law,' Whitson said.
Israel has faced sharp condemnation for the high civilian toll and the use of white phosphorus munitions in the devastating 22-day offensive it launched in December 2008 in response to daily rocket attacks by Gaza's Hamas rulers and other Palestinian armed groups.
The Environmental Agency officers in this area did not know that white phosphorus was highly toxic until we told them about it.
Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) compound on January 15, 2009 contained incendiary white phosphorus, whose use, condemned by human rights groups, has been called legal by Israel.
Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera's corrrespondent in Jerusalem, said that the credibility of the military investigation is being called into question, especially as the January 15 incident was well-known for the Israeli military's widely-condemned use of white phosphorus.
The Israelis have used white phosphorus against the Palestinians and yet we are going into business with them.
At least 31 munitions containing white phosphorus have been found.
The international group urged Israel to publicly pledge not to use artillery, white phosphorus and other imprecise weapons in densely populated areas.
The investigation also found no evidence that white phosphorus had been used.
KABUL (PAN): Already under fire for civilian deaths, the US military has vehemently rejected claims that it may have used the incendiary chemical white phosphorus in last weeks deadly raids in western Afghanistan.