A newly released report says Israel is considering the use of US-made white phosphorus shells in its probable future attack on the Gaza Strip.
According to a report published by the Jerusalem Post on Thursday, Israeli military officials are discussing whether “M825A1” white phosphorus shells should be used in a future ground operation in Gaza.
Israel used a number of M825A1 shells during the December 2008-January 2009 war against Gaza.
The M825A1 shells explode in midair and create smoke screens to mask the movement of troops on the ground or their position.
If used as an offensive incendiary weapon, white phosphorus can cause life-threatening burns.
The latest report comes almost a month after the chief of staff of the Israeli military, Lt. General Benny Gantz, said on the third anniversary of the Gaza War that Tel Aviv will “sooner or later” need to launch a “significant operation” against the Gaza Strip.
More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli war against Gaza.
Residents still live in what is known to be the “world’s largest open-air prison” as Israel remains in full control of the airspace, territorial waters and border crossings of Gaza.