The are images from local Gaza TV, nigth 19th august 2011. It seems we seeing the use of same weapons as in 2008:
The Tel Aviv based Physicians for Human Rights-Israel will share the
“alternative Nobel prize” for its work, which includes helping
Palestinians, migrant workers, and refugees. The prize, the Right
Livelihood Award, was established in 1980 to “honour and support those
offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges”
and will be awarded in the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on 6
December, four days before the official Nobel prize ceremony.
This report made by Palestinian doctors was published on The Lancet
The amount and identity of metals incorporated into “weapons without fragments” remain undisclosed to health personnel. This poses a long-term risk of assumption and contributes to additional hazards for victims because of increased difficulties with clinical management. We assessed if there was evidence that metals are embedded in “wounds without fragments” of victims of the Israeli military operations in Gaza in 2006 and 2009.
PRESS RELEASE - 2010 may 11th
Toxic and carcinogenic metals, able to produce genetic mutations, have been found in the tissues of people wounded in Gaza during Israeli military operations of 2006 and 2009. The research has been carried out on wounds provoked by weapons that did not leave fragments in the bodies of the victims, a peculiarity that was pointed out repeatedly by doctors in Gaza. This shows that experimental weapons, whose effects are still to be assessed, were used.
The researchers compared the quantity of 32 elements present in the tissues through ICP/MS (a type of highly sensitive mass spectrometry) . The job, carried out by laboratories of Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Chalmer University (Sweden) and Beirut University (Lebanon), was coordinated by the New Weapons Research Group (Nwrg), an independent committee of scientists and experts based in Italy, who is studying the use of unconventional weapons and their mid-term effects on the population of after-war areas. The relevant presence of toxic and carcinogenic metals found in the wound tissues points to direct risks for survivors, but also to the possibility of environmental contamination.
PRESS RELEASE: Many Palestinian children still living in precarious situations at ground level in Gaza after Israeli bombing during "Cast lead" have unusually high concentrations of metals in the hair, indicating environmental contamination, which can cause health and growth damages due to chronic exposure. This is the result of a pilot study conducted by the New Weapons Research Group (Nwrg), an independent committee of scientists and experts based in Italy, who is studying the use of unconventional weapons and their mid-term effects on the population of after-war areas.
The 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings in Gaza Strip have left a high concentration of toxic metals in the soil. Those metals can cause tumours and problems with fertility, and they can have serious effects on newly born babies, like deformities and genetic pathologies. The metals are in particular tungsten, mercury, molybdenum, cadmium and cobalt.
ACHR is an NGO in special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Mission for Gaza, april 2009
Released on november the 6th 2009:
More than thirty
years since the massive defoliation campaigns of the Viet Nam War, and
nearly twenty since the extensive pollution caused by the destruction
of 600 oil wells in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War, the
environment continues to fall victim to armed conflict worldwide.
Decades of protracted conflict in the Gaza Strip, for example, have so
severely affected groundwater supplies upon which 1.5 million
Palestinians depend for drinking and agriculture that those supplies
are in danger of imminent collapse.
Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestine: draft resolution
The General Assembly
1. Endorses the report of the Human Rights Council on its twelfth special session, held on 15 and 16 October 2009;6
2. Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict 5 to the Security Council;