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.