For the fourth time, shells containing white phosphorus have been fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza.
"The two mortar shells fired Sunday morning from the Gaza Strip at the Eshkol Regional Council contained while phosphorous, an examination revealed. The shells landed in an open field and caused no injuries or damage.
The Negev District Police bomb squad unit examined the shells and determined that they contained the substance, which is banned by international law for use inside dense population concentrations. Those exposed to white phosphorous might suffer from severe burns and other injuries....
Eshkol Regional Council Head Haim Yalin said in response: "This is the fourth time they fire mortar shells containing white phosphorous. We will complain to the United Nations, as we have done in the past, after we receive all the details."
Will the UN condemn this as a war crime? Will Amnesty International or human rights Watch even notice? Sadly, the answer will likely be "No".
The attack follows an Israeli air strike on Palestinian terrorists attempting to fire rockets into Israel on Friday. Muaman Abu Daf, commander of the al-Qaida-affiliated 'Army of Islam was killed in the air strike
Earlier last week, terrorists fired five Kassam rockets into Israel. Rocket strikes from Gaza have triples in 2011. According to The Israel Project’s count, terrorist fired 653 rockets and mortars at Israel this year as of December 29, compared with 238 in 2010.