US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs

US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry

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Two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires, Russian military has said.

Two F-15 jets on Saturday bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions, banned under the Geneva Convention, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,” Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

A Pentagon spokesperson denied the allegations of dropping white phosphorus bombs. “At this time, we have not received any reports of any use of white phosphorous,” Commander Sean Robertson told the media on Sunday. “None of the military units in the area are even equipped with white phosphorous munitions of any kind.”

The use of any incendiary munitions in populated civilian areas was banned by the 1980 Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The US signed the protocol back in 2009.

White phosphorus, however, is also used for smoke screens and signals, which are not banned under the Convention. The loophole allows several nations, including the US, to keep the white-phosphorus based weapons in their arsenal.

The chemical burns when it comes into contact with oxygen, producing high-temperature heat and white smoke. Exposure to burning phosphorus causes deep burns, which are very hard to heal, while its fumes are highly toxic.

Russia’s accusations against the US come as tensions between the two countries soar in the region. The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly warned of a false-flag chemical attack being prepared by militant groups in Idlib, which it says will be used to justify a new US strike against the Syrian government. Moscow has also held massive naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria.

The US, in its turn, has also ramped up its military presence in the area, getting several ships equipped with cruise missiles closer to Syrian shores. President Donald Trump has meanwhile been “routinely” briefed by the Pentagon on the potential “military options” the US might take in case of chemical weapons attack.

thanks to: RT

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Gazans prepare for ‘Friday of martyrs’ after carnage

Palestinians are gathering for fresh protests in the Gaza Strip after Israeli massacre of more than 60 people in the besieged enclave on Monday. 

The committee which organized weekly “March of Return” rallies has called on the Gazans to come out en masse on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, under the slogan “Friday for the martyrs and the wounded.”

Israeli snipers, tanks and armored vehicles remain deployed near the Gaza fence after they killed at least 62 Gazans on the same day the US opened its embassy in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Tens of thousands of people have been protesting along the fortified fence since March 30, calling for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be allowed to return to their homes now inside Israel.

On Thursday, Israel carried out airstrikes on what it described as militant sites in Gaza, apparently targeting Hamas which it accuses of organizing protest rallies. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one man was injured during the attacks.

UN voting to probe Gaza attacks

Israel was also scrambling to thwart a special session by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday to decide whether to dispatch “an independent commission of inquiry” to investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

The team would be mandated to look into “alleged violations and abuses, including those that may amount to war crimes and to identify those responsible,” read the text of a resolution submitted on Thursday night.

The commission should look at “ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual criminal and command responsibility, for such violations,” it added.

The Israeli mission at the United Nations has been ordered to prevent the investigation, said a Thursday report by Israel’s Channel 10.

Meanwhile, international condemnation of the Israeli killing, which shocked the world by its ferocity, continued. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “heinous acts” committed by Israel.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who was addressing a meeting of the Arab League, called the carnage “a bloody racist massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces in cold blood against our defenseless people.”

More than 2,700 Palestinians were wounded as the Israeli forces used snipers, tank fire and tear gas to target the demonstrators. A Canadian physician was shot by an Israeli sniper in both legs while treating the injured.

“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.

“We are appalled that Dr Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded – along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children.”

Palestinian protesters have hoped to draw attention to a dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where the economy has collapsed under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade since 2007.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday he had made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

The Rafah crossing is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years under a security cooperation agreement with Tel Aviv.

 

Sorgente: PressTV-Gazans prepare for ‘Friday of martyrs’ after carnage

80+ INGOs demand accountability for Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators in Gaza strip

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AIDA, a network of more than 80 INGOs operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), on Tuesday condemned Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators at the border of the Gaza Strip on 14 May 2018. So far, 61 Palestinians have been killed, including one medic and eight children, and over 2,700 others have been injured, the majority by live ammunition fired at protesters by Israeli security forces, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The casualties occurred in the context of protests near the fence with Israel.

“Israel’s continued use of lethal and excessive live-ammunition against protestors is not only deplorable, but also in sharp contravention of international law,” said William Bell, Head of Middle East Policy and Advocacy, Christian Aid.

Monday’s demonstration is a culmination of a sequence of protests organized since 30 March 2018 to mark 70 years since the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948. More than 70 % of Gaza’s population are refugees, living under dire circumstances in the besieged Strip.

“The Gaza Strip is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster as a result of 11 years of blockade, which has crippled Gaza’s economy and increased aid dependency, with some 84 % dependent on humanitarian assistance, and an unemployment rate which stands at a staggering 45 %. Gaza is an open air prison for 2 million women, men, boys and girls, living under air, sea and land blockade. People are losing hope that the untenable situation they find themselves in will ever be resolved”, said Chris Eijkemans, Country Director for Oxfam in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

Since 30 March, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, and another 12,271 injured, including hundreds of children. In addition, medical personnel and facilities have also come under fire, resulting in the injury of 211 medical staff and damage sustained to 25 ambulances, according to WHO. Hospitals are at the brink of collapse, unable to deal with the vast number of injured as a result of a decade-long blockade and insufficient electricity and medical supplies and equipment. Due to the near impossibility of obtaining a medical referral for surgery outside of the Gaza Strip, 21 Palestinians injured during demonstrations have so far had limb amputations since 30 March.

According to international law, lethal fire may only be used in circumstances where threat to life is imminent. Israeli forces are obliged to exercise restraint and refrain from excessive use of force, and respect Palestinians’ right to life, health and freedom of assembly. Targeting medical personnel is a breach of IHL and is considered a War Crime under the Rome Statute. Preventing injured persons from accessing treatment is a violation of their right to health, and amounts to collective punishment.

AIDA called on third states to condemn Israel’s unlawful killings and to step up their pressure on Israel to immediately halt its practice of using live ammunition against unarmed demonstrators, which runs contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law, and to lift its unlawful blockade of the Gaza Strip. Echoing the words of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, AIDA urges third states to demand independent and credible investigations into the incidents, and for those responsible to be held to account.

Sorgente: 80+ INGOs demand accountability for Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators in Gaza strip – PNN

Names and faces of this weeks martyrs

Gaza killings: Names and faces of those killed by Israeli forces this week Eight-month-old Laila is youngest Palestinian killed in Gaza on Monday, the deadliest day since 2014 war * * * * List of names and ages … 1. Laila Anwar Al-Ghandoor, 8 months old 2. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old […]

via NAMES AND FACES OF THIS WEEK’S MARTYRS — Desertpeace

UK drones firing organ-destroying ‘vacuum bombs’ on the rise in Syria – FOI request reveals (VIDEO)

 

The UK is ‘indiscriminately’ using thermobaric missiles as part of its ongoing air war in Syria, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted, for the first time, using thermobaric weapons during strikes carried out by Royal Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drones during missions in January and February, in response to the FoI request by anti-war campaign group Drone Wars UK.

Thermobaric weapons, known colloquially as “vacuum bombs,” differ from conventional munitions – which cause damage by spreading shrapnel – as they create a high-temperature explosion with an extremely powerful blast radius. The pressure created causes severe internal damage to the organs of people caught in the blast radius.

According to Drone Wars, the request saw “officials give a breakdown of the type of Hellfire missiles fired, stating that 19 AGM-114N4 and 44 AGM-114R2 had been used. The ‘N’ version of the missile uses a Metal Augmented Charge (MAC) warhead that contains a thermobaric explosive fill using aluminum with the explosive mixture. When the warhead detonates, the aluminum mixture is dispersed and rapidly burns.”

While use of vacuum bombs remain legal under international law, their use has been criticized by human rights organizations as they have the potential to create unnecessary human suffering.

“Anyone in the vicinity is likely to die from internal organ damage,” the group added.

Manufactured by US arms giant Lockheed Martin, the company boasts that over 21,000 units of the missile have been delivered to the US Air Force and over 13 of Washington’s international partners, including the UK.

Coming in three configurations, Hellfires have been integrated on a variety of air platforms including the Apache and Super Cobra attack helicopters. As well as Predator and Reaper drones. They have also been added to turboprop fixed-wing aircraft, offering operators a cheaper platform to carry out counter-insurgency missions.

Increased use by the RAF

The UK’s use of thermobaric missiles was first reported in 2008 when the British military used Apache helicopters equipped with Hellfires to tackle Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. News that troops were using such weapons caused a stir in Westminster with The Times reporting that “MoD weapons and legal experts spent 18 months debating whether British troops could use them without breaking international law.”

They settled on redefining the missiles as “enhanced blast weapons” in order to get around any potential legal wrangling.

Since then, and until the request granted by the FoI, the MoD has tried to avoid answering questions on their use of the thermobaric variant of the Hellfire.

Admission of their use comes the same week as UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson admitted that a recent RAF airstrike resulted in a civilian casualty. In a ministerial statement, Williamson said that the casualty “crossed into the strike area at the last moment,” during a targeted strike in northeastern Syria on March 26, that killed three militants of the Islamic State (IS).

In recent months, the RAF has been upping its use of drone strikes in Syria in favor of its dedicated multi-role strike bomber, the Tornado. According to Drone Wars, between January and March of this year, “UK drones fired as many weapons in Syria (92) as they have over the previous 18 months,” and is seeking further information on whether their use is increasing in favor of manned aircraft.

Sorgente: UK drones firing organ-destroying ‘vacuum bombs’ on the rise in Syria – FOI request reveals (VIDEO) — RT UK News

Come nascondere un massacro?

Media internazionali e nazionali hanno raccontato in modo vergognoso, parziale e profondamente scorretto quanto accaduto ieri a Gaza. Ma i fatti e le immagini parlano più di qualunque menzogna.

La popolazione palestinese è stata abituata negli anni alla disinformazione per quanto riguarda la narrazione dominante rispetto alle proprie vicende.

Quanto accaduto ieri, nel primo giorno della Great Return March ha ampiamente superato il limite della vergogna e della decenza e non solo in Italia.

I fatti sono abbastanza espliciti ed inequivocabili, quasi 20.000 persone si sono avvicinate alla barriera tra la Striscia e Israele a partire da sei accampamenti lungo il perimetro, invadendo quella buffer zone, o zona cuscinetto che percorre tutta la frontiera, permanentemente interdetta alla coltivazione e all’accesso. A parte un singolo isolato caso di due militanti della Jihad islamica che erano armati (e sono stati subito uccisi dall’esercito israeliano) tutti i manifestanti hanno utilizzato esclusivamente modalità di protesta popolari e nonviolente,avvicinandosi al muro di separazione disarmati, a volto scoperto, assieme a bambini e donne.

La repressione si è trasformata in un vero e proprio massacro, si parla ad oggi di 16 morti e più di mille feriti. Hamas, pure ovviamente presente durante la marcia, non ha avuto un ruolo centrale: questa è stata convocata da una larga coalizione che include anche tutti i pezzi laici e di sinistra della società civile palestinese. Non a caso, parti della sinistra israeliana si sono organizzate nei giorni scorsi per manifestare il proprio supporto dall’altra parte del muro. Nessun soldato israeliano è stato ferito nella giornata di ieri.

Vediamo cosa riportano i giornali.  Repubblica parla di «violenti scontri» «violentissima battaglia». Perché un massacro di persone disarmate diventa improvvisamente una battaglia? Una battaglia linguisticamente parlando è un confronto tra due entità armate.  La Stampa titola «Hamas sposta le masse al confine e punta al ritorno dei profughi del 1948» mentre l’articolo è ancora peggiore: «La strategia adottata da Hamas ha messo in difficoltà Israele e costretto i suoi militari nella difficile posizione di chi deve sparare sui civili. L’esercito se lo aspettava, perché i preparativi andavano avanti da giorni, ma non era facile trovare contromisure».  Del resto, cosa altro si può fare davanti a migliaia di persone disarmate che vanno verso un confine invalicabile, se non sparare?

Il Corriere (che oggi ha già spostato molto giù l’articolo) riporta «La “Marcia del ritorno” finisce in un bagno di sangue: l’esercito ebraico risponde con caccia e blindati all’attacco dei manifestanti: bombardati 3 siti di Hamas». A quale attacco si risponde con caccia e blindati? A quello di migliaia di persone disarmate?

Il Messaggero si unisce alla definizione «scontri al confine» e riporta un articolo in cui sono virgolettati solo comunicati dell’esercito israeliano e di media israeliani, i palestinesi non meritano neanche il microfono, strana deontologia professionale.

Anche a livello internazionale la giornata è stata riportata in modo non meno grave, come Mondoweiss sottolinea, riportando la lettura estremamente parziale e ingiusta dello stesso New York Times.

Ieri la popolazione di Gaza ha dimostrato coraggio e capacità di mobilitazione impensabili dopo anni di prigionia dentro la Striscia dove le condizioni di vita sono impossibili, come ha raccontato recentemente Dinamo.

Per ricordare chi ieri è stato ucciso, per sostenere chi ha creduto nella Great Return March e continuerà a crederci nei prossimi giorni, pubblichiamo questa photogallery tratta dal portale indipendente +972mag.com

Sorgente: Come nascondere un massacro? – DINAMOpress

Strage a Gaza

 

Nel momento in cui mandiamo in stampa questo comunicato, almeno 16 sono i palestinesi uccisi a Gaza,  e migliaia i feriti, alcuni gravemente, come ha dichiarato il Ministro della sanità palestinese, che ha lanciato un appello alla popolazione per donazioni di sangue.

La situazione è tanto più grave in quanto gli ospedali di Gaza sono allo stremo per mancanza di presidi sanitari e medicochirurgici, farmaci, energia e rifornimenti idrici a causa del blocco di Israele che dura da 11 anni.

Ieri era il 42 esimo anniversario della “Giornata della Terra”, che commemora i  palestinesi uccisi  dalla polizia israeliana in Galilea, mentre protestavano contro la confisca della propria terra.

In questa occasione diverse organizzazioni politiche palestinesi hanno promosso la “Marcia del ritorno”, iniziativa che si dovrebbe concludere il 15 maggio in occasione dell’anniversario della Nakba, la “catastrofe” allorché oltre 800.000 palestinesi 70 anni fa, nel 1948, furono espulsi dalle loro o trucidati.

Da giovedì 29 marzo decine di migliaia di palestinesi si sono accampati a 700 metri dal confine, e ieri si sono messi in marcia verso la fascia, che per una larghezza di 300 metri dal  muro che separa Gaza da Israele, non può essere calpestata da palestinesi, nemmeno per coltivare le proprie terre, senza  correre il rischio di essere colpiti da armi da fuoco. E infatti, ieri mattina il primo palestinese ad essere ucciso è stato un coltivatore di Gaza.

Questa zona è stata dichiarata “area militare chiusa”, e qui si sono schierate le forze israeliane con oltre 100 tiratori scelti, squadre speciali e carrarmati, dichiarando che chiunque avesse osato penetrare nell’area sarebbe stato colpito con munizioni vive.

E questo è successo: non appena migliaia di palestinesi, tra cui moltissime donne, in numero crescente hanno iniziato a manifestare e camminare pacificamente, sono stati accolti da una pioggia di gas lacrimogeni, pallottole di acciaio ricoperte di gomma e munizioni vere.

Non vi sono stati “scontri” e azioni violente da parte dei palestinesi, come riferiscono i media nostrani che si basano esclusivamente sui comunicatidell’esercito israeliano.

E’ stata l’intera popolazione della Striscia ad andare e venire verso i confini. Da nord a sud della striscia sono arrivati sin dalle prime ore del giorno donne, uomini, bambini, anziani, disabili, a piedi, in moto, in macchina, con il ciuco o il cavallo. Con la sola bandiera palestinese

Per gridare al mondo che hanno voglia di vivere e di andare sulla loro terra anche oltre il confine, che non vogliono e non possono continuare a stare chiusi in una prigione a cielo aperto.

Volti sorridenti, fiori in mano anche se spari e gas cadevano su di loro ferendo e uccidendo.

Nessuna battaglia campale come purtroppo i nostri media stanno descrivendo, nessun provocatore ma una grande forza popolare per la libertà.

La Comunità internazionale non può continuare a voltarsi dall’altra parte. Vi è una sola risposta che deve essere data perché cessi lo strazio odierno e di ben 11 anni di embargo: che Israele tolga il blocco  totale che lentamente sta uccidendo la popolazione di Gaza e che l’ONU intervenga  immediatamente per proteggere la popolazione civile.

31 marzo 2018 – Rete Romana di Solidarietà con il popolo palestinese –

Sorgente: Per Gaza, per la vita, terra, libertà della Palestina e dei Palestinesi | Assopace Palestina

Giornata della Terra nella Striscia di Gaza: 15 Palestinesi uccisi e oltre 1400 feriti

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Nella Striscia di Gaza sotto assedio israelo-egiziani la popolazione è in marcia, pacificamente, per commemorare la Giornata della Terra, Yom al-Ard.

Da giorni, Israele ha piazzato cecchini, truppe e droni pronti a sparare.

Al momento, 15 Palestinesi sono stati uccisi e oltre 1400 sono stati feriti.

Venerdì, decine di migliaia di palestinesi nella Striscia di Gaza sono confluiti al confine orientale della Striscia con Israele, radunandosi per affermare il loro diritto di tornare alle loro case native nella Palestina storica.

I raduni sono sostenuti da praticamente tutte le fazioni politiche palestinesi, che hanno ripetutamente sottolineato la natura pacifica dell’evento.

A mezzogiorno, decine di migliaia di palestinesi erano già arrivati ​​in diverse aree lungo il confine nella Striscia di Gaza settentrionale, centrale e meridionale, secondo i corrispondenti della zona.

Gli accampamenti sono stati allestiti lungo il confine – a soli 700 metri dalla barriera, in alcuni casi -per i sit-in a tempo indeterminato programmati dopo le marce del venerdì.

Gli attivisti palestinesi hanno descritto gli accampamenti come “il punto d’inizio per il nostro ritorno alla terra da cui siamo stati espulsi nel 1948”.

Alcuni di quelli che hanno preso parte alle marce di venerdì hanno scritto, all’entrata delle loro tende, i nomi delle città o dei villaggi da cui le loro famiglie furono sfollate.

Gli organizzatori hanno anche fornito un servizio di autobus gratuito al confine per chiunque voglia prendere parte all’evento.

A mezzogiorno, i funzionari sanitari palestinesi stavano già segnalando alcuni feriti alla frontiera.

Soprannominata “Great Return March”, i raduni di questo venerdì nella Striscia di Gaza coincidono anche con la Giornata della Terra, che commemora l’assassinio di sei palestinesi da parte delle forze israeliane nel 1976.

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thanks to: Infopal

15 Palestinians shot dead as Gazans hold mass rallies

Israeli military forces have shot and killed 15 Palestinians during massive anti-Israeli rallies staged by thousands along Gaza-Israel borders.

Palestinian medical officials say at least 15 Palestinians have lost their lives and more than a thousand others sustained injuries when Israeli military forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, who have flocked to a sit-in near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and occupied Palestinian territories.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said three were fatally shot east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis, Jabalia, located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of Gaza City as well as the border town of Rafah.

He identified the victims as 27-year-old Omar Wahid Abu Samour, Mohammed Kamal Al-Najjar, 25, and 38-year-old Mahmoud Muammar.

The fourth was Mohammed Abu Omar, 22, who was shot and killed east of Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

Ahmed Oudeh, 19, 33-year-old Jihad Farina and Mahmoud Sa’di Rahmi were all killed east of Gaza City as well.

A 22-year-old Palestinian man, identified as Ibrahim Abu Sha’ar, was also shot dead east of Rafah.

Abdel Fattah Bahjat Abdelnee, 18, and 42-year-old Abdul Qader Mardhi al-Hawajri also lost their lives in Israeli attacks shortly afterwards.

Six more Palestinian protesters were also killed in the Israeli assaults.

Al-Qidra added that nearly 1,500 protesters were also injured during the rally.

Israeli drone fires teargas on protesters

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An Israeli drone was filmed firing several rounds of teargas on the protesters near the Gaza border. An AFP correspondent said several people were injured by the containers, which fell from a height of between 10 and 20 meters.

Amnesty International slams Israel’s land expropriation policies

Meanwhile, human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned the Tel Aviv regime’s policies of land confiscation and dispossession, calling on Israeli authorities to stop them.

The Britain-based organization, in a post published on its official Twitter page on Friday, stated Israel’s policies of land theft exacerbate the sufferings of the Palestinian nation, and deprive them of their basic rights.

A picture taken on March 30, 2018 shows Palestinians taking part in a tent city protest erected along the border with Israel east of Gaza City in the Gaza strip to commemorate Land Day. (Photo by AFP)

We won’t concede ‘a single inch of Palestine’

Later in the day, Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh arrived at the “return camps” along the eastern Gaza border and spoke to protesters.

In a statement broadcast on Palestinian television, Haniyeh said, “We welcome the Palestinian people everywhere, who have defeated the enemy leaders’ gamble that the old die and the young forget. Here are the young people, the grandparents and the grandchildren.”

“We will not concede a single inch of the land of Palestine and do not recognize the Israeli entity. We promise Trump and all those who stand by his business and his plot that we are not giving up on Jerusalem al-Quds, and there is no solution but for the right of return,” Haniyeh added.

The Palestinian rally, dubbed the “Great March of Return,” will last until May 15, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe) on which Israel was created.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

More than 760,000 Palestinians – now estimated to number nearly five million with their descendants – were driven out of their homes on May 14, 1948.

Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite United Nations resolutions and international law that upholds people’s right to return to their homelands.

Israeli soldiers take aim as they lie prone over an earth barrier along the border with the Gaza strip in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz on March 30, 2018, as Palestinians demonstrate on the other side commemorating Land Day. (Photo by AFP)

This year’s Land Day demonstrations appear especially combustible as Palestinian anger is already high over US President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and parts of Syria’s Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Israel is required to withdraw from all the territories seized in the war under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted months after the Six-Day War, in November 1967, but the Tel Aviv regime has been in non-compliance of that piece of international law ever since.

Sorgente: PressTV-15 Palestinians shot dead as Gazans hold mass rallies

Gaza: Donne incinte ed i loro neonati contaminati da metalli pesanti legati agli attacchi israeliani

La rivista scientifica British Medical Journal  Open ha pubblicato uno studio svolto a Gaza su 502 donne in gravidanza al momento degli attacchi israeliani del 2014. Questo lavoro riporta un alto tasso di contaminazione nei capelli in metalli pesanti nelle donne esposte agli attacchi e  in proporzione nei i capelli dei loro bambini.

5 Agosto 2017, Paola Manduca, Prof. Genetics
Genoa, Italy

I metalli pesanti utilizzati durante le guerre, contengono elementi tossici, teratogeni e cancerogeni. Essi sono noti come perturbatori endocrini. Essi sono resistenti nell’ambiente, si accumulano nel corpo, ed i loro effetti sugli esseri viventi persistono ancor più se questi metalli pesanti non vengono rimossi dall’ambiente (armi, schegge, missili, rovine contaminate …). Ricercatori italiani, finlandesi e di Gaza hanno dimostrato che la contaminazione da metalli pesanti è un fattore di rischio  a lungo termine per la salute delle donne incinte e dei loro bambini.

Questi ricercatori hanno analizzato la quantità di 23 tipi di metalli nei capelli delle donne  di Gaza, che erano in stato di gravidanza durante l’estate del 2014, e in quelli dei bambini a cui hanno dato luce più tardi, e trovato che queste erano superiori al contenuto dei metalli nei capelli di donne al di fuori di zone di guerra.

Essi hanno anche studiato la trasmissione in utero metalli pesanti, così come la possibilità che l’assunzione fosse dovuta a fattori diversi ed estranei alla guerra.

Lo studio ha usato spettrometria con plasma-massa (ICP-MS) e sono stati fatti confronti con gruppi esposti agli agenti chimici domestici e agricoli.

I risultati mostrano un carico in metalli pesante significativamente più alto per le donne esposte ad attacchi militari, proporzionale ma piu basso nei loro neonati che però sono più frequentemente colpite da difetti congeniti o nati prematuramente.

E’ stata raccolta testimonianza e poi documentata con visite in loco,  la frequenza di esposizione ad attacchi militari delle donne; circa il 70% delle madri, sono state coinvolte in attacchi, il che suggerisce una alta contaminazione  di tutta la popolazione.

Gli autori raccomandano “monitoraggio, biomonitoraggio e sorveglianza nel tempo  su questo tema di ricerca di interesse pubblico” per il quale, fanno notare, “non siamo in grado di sapere se c’è anche il rischio di effetti transgenerazionali”.  Difetti congeniti sono stati osservati più frequentemente nei nati da madri esposte ad attacchi militari in Iraq e a Gaza (dopo gli attacchi nel 2008-2009).

Gli autori della ricerca sono Paola Manduca, Safwat Y Diab, R Qouta Samir Nabil Albarqouni, Raiija-Leena Punamaki, con la collaborazione di Fabrizio Minichilli, e Fabrizio Bianchi per l’analisi statistica.

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Invictapalestina ringrazia tutti coloro che partecipando alla nostra iniziativa del 2014, ci hanno permesso di contribuire al finanziamento della ricerca con 500 euro.

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