Sunday, October 15, 2006

Italian TV: Israel used new weapon prototype in Gaza Strip

A report by an Italian investigative team asserts that Israel is using a new experimental weapon in attacks on Palestinians launched by remote-controlled drones in the Gaza Strip. The experimental weapon, it is alleged, is similar to a new explosive device that the US military has developed for creating highly destructive explosions within a small radius. The intended result is that bombs can be more selectively targeted at a small area without risk of so-called "collateral damage," or unintended victim-bystanders. In practice, however, the new weapon has resulted in appalling wounds to those not killed by its explosion.

Italian probe: Israel used new weapon prototype in Gaza Strip

Meron Rapoport

October 11, 2006

An investigative report to be aired on Italian television Wednesday raises the possibility that Israel has used an experimental weapon in the Gaza Strip in recent months, causing especially serious physical injuries, such as amputated limbs and severe burns.

The weapon is similar to one developed by the U.S. military, known as DIME, which causes a powerful and lethal blast, but only within a relatively small radius.

The Italian report is based on the eyewitness accounts of medical doctors in the Strip, as well as tests carried out in an Italian laboratory. The investigative team is the same one that exposed, several months ago, the use by U.S. forces in Iraq of phosphorous bombs, against Iraqi rebels in Faluja.

Israel Air Force Maj.-Gen (res.) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, formerly head of the IDF's weapons-development program, told the Italian reporters that "one of the ideas [behind the weapon] is to allow those targeted to be hit without causing damage to bystanders or other persons."

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