Friday 10th April, 2009
In the dying days of the Bush administration, and a week before
Each container was 20-feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tonnes. The shipment reportedly reached
According to Amnesty International in the
The international organization says 300 of the containers had been unloaded at Ashod in March by a German cargo ship, Wehr Elb.
"We are sure that the consignment contained arms and munitions." We have a strong suspicion that it contained white phosphorous which has been used against civilians in Gaza," Brian Wood, head of Arms Control Campaign at Amnesty International in London said late this week.
"The cargo ship had been chartered and controlled by US Military Sealift Command. It left the
"The world community including the Palestinians should be able to know where the remaining 680 containers on board the Wehr Elbe have gone and why the US is not transparent about the final destination of the dangerous cargo.
"A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to Amnesty International that "the unloading of the entire
The spokesperson had said the shipment was destined for a US pre-positioned munitions stockpile in
"There is a great risk that the new munitions may be used by the Israeli military to commit further violations of international law, like the ones committed during the war in
"Legally and morally, this US arms shipment should have been halted by the Obama administration given the extent of the evidence showing how military equipment and munitions of this kind were recently used by the Israeli forces for war crimes. Arms supplies in these circumstances are contrary to provisions in
An independent inquiry into possible abuses of international law by both sides in the
"The victims of this brutal conflict have a right to justice and reparation. The perpetrators on both sides must be held accountable if there is to be an end to the cycles of violence and impunity that have persisted for so long. There must be no excuse for either
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