The UN compound in Gaza is in flames after Israeli forces shelled it with phosphorus. All the food and medical supplies have been burned. Thousands of tonnes of aid supplies including mattresses and shelters have been destroyed.
This is according to John Ging, the former Irish Army officer who heads the UN relief mission in Gaza and who knows a phosphorus attack when he sees one.
According to CNN
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed sorrow over the incident, but maintained that Israeli forces were responding to militant fire near the compound.
UNRWA Director John Ging denied there were any militants at the compound, and also said that at the time there was no fighting in the area.
Ging said UNRWA’s headquarters — located in a densely populated neighborhood — was hit repeatedly by shrapnel and artillery, including white phosphorus shells — the use of which is restricted under international law.
“It looks like phosphorus, it smells like phosphorus and it’s burning like phosphorus,” Ging said. “That’s why I’m calling it phosphorus.”
Who do I believe – Ehud Olmert or John Ging? Tough decision.
The Israeli forces were given the GPS coordinates of the compound, and during the bombardment the UN explicitly informed them that the compound was under fire. Nevertheless, the Israeli forces continued to fire artillery at the area where the compound is located and now they have destroyed it.
This is a war crime.
Here’s the Israeli spokesman attempting to defend the indefensible. Remember as you listen to him that the UN has already told us there was no crossfire in the vicinity of their compound today, and there was nobody firing from the school attacked by Israel last week.
Israeli propaganda? No. Not at all. Just simple old-fashioned lies in defence of a war crime.
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