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Israel Using White Phosphorus in Gaza

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/1/5 14:20:00 (2416 reads)

When I saw recent news videos of Israeli attacks on Gaza, it looked to me as if they were using aerial burst white phosphorus shells.

White phosphorus is a substance that spontaneously combusts in the presence of oxygen, and will even burn under water. When it contacts human skin, it causes horrific burns which cannot be extinguished.

Turns out I was right:

To screen its assault on the heavily populated Gaza strip, Israel is believed to be using controversial white phosphorus shells, whose use is banned under the Geneva conventions as an offensive weapon against civilians, but its use as a smokescreen is not prohibited by international law.

The weapon, used by British and US forces in Iraq, can cause horrific burns but is not illegal if used as a smokescreen, The Times reported. As the Israeli army stormed to the edges of Gaza City and the Palestinian death toll topped 500, the shells could be seen spreading tentacles of thick white smoke to cover the troops’ advance.


The U.S. also used WP (aka. White Phosphorus, aka. Willy Pete) during the Iraq war.

(Photo is of an Iraqi victim of a U.S. WP attack)

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Transportation Town Hall Thursday in Lewisville

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/1/5 13:02:59 (1309 reads)

This Thursday, January 8th at 6:30 PM, the North Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) will be presenting changes to the Mobility 2030 plan, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram:


Among the topics are possible amendments to the regional Mobility 2030 plan, which outlines proposed transportation projects and funding through 2030. These issues are relevant to anyone who is concerned about the wasted time, costs in individual productivity and worsened air quality resulting from increased traffic congestion.
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Public meetings 2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Arlington, North Central Texas Council of Governments, 616 Six Flags Drive

6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Fort Worth, Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones St.

6:30 p.m. Thursday: Lewisville, City Hall, 151 W. Church St.

Online: Mobility 2030, Metropolitan Transportation Plan: www.nctcog.org/trans/mtp/2030

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