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Israel using flechette shells in Gaza

The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.

Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not deny using the shells in the conflict. "As a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict," a spokesperson said in response to a request for specific comment on the deployment of flechettes.

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History will say the state of Israel was on its wrong side.

The Zionists are the ones who truly terrorize a people by bulldozing and seizing homes and land, instituting a policy of collective punishment, restricting movement of goods and services, annexing water aquifers, cutting off power, and using chemical warfare against densely populated residential areas.

Does it really matter that they believe it's their so-called land? Be honest. Is it worth all the butchering?

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If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Each and every member of the

Each and every member of the IDF helps Israel to occupy and colonize and murder the Palestinians. The Palestinians have the legal right to kill them. If not, then please explain the legality of our military's killing of its enemy? And unlike the Palestinians, we aren't even the oppressed party, unless perhaps you ate talking about that post 9/11 pity party that has never stopped.

"Oh, No!!!!" Not Flachettes!

I have 12guage, flachette shells. I will use them if I am in a war-like conflict.

I think they've done a lot worse than this. Not sure what the story is here? Isn't dropping bombs and firing rockets just as bad if not worse?

*Edit- Ohhhh, TANK shells... They are apparently just much larger versions of the same darts used in shotgun flechette shells.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

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Because everyone carries a tank in their pocket,or on their person

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

"they deliberately place

"they deliberately place their rockets next to their children. Now despite this reality - and it's a difficult reality - Israel will continue to do everything its power to avoid civilian casualties.[sic]"

~ Benjamin Netanyahu


Flechette Shells: an illegal weapon

"The flechette shell is an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 37.5 mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch three hundred meters long and about ninety meters wide..."

"While flechettes are not expressly forbidden under international humanitarian law in all circumstances, other rules of humanitarian law render their use in the Gaza Strip illegal. One of the most fundamental principles is the obligation to distinguish between those who are involved and those who are not involved in the fighting, and to avoid to the extent possible injury to those who are not involved. Deriving from this principle is the prohibition of the use of an imprecise weapon which is likely to result in civilian injuries.

The long killing range of the shell makes its use in populated areas such as the Gaza Strip a type of indiscriminate firing in which there is a particularly high danger of harming innocent civilians. In addition, during combat in a built-up area, the likelihood of errors in identifying the source of light-weapons fire is particularly great. Because of the duty to limit to the extent possible harm to innocent civilians, added caution is required when selecting the military response, including the type of ammunition."

Source (B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories):