Lebanon president says Israel uses phosphorous arms

24 Jul 2006 14:16:57 GMT
Source: Reuters


PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) - Lebanon's president accused
Israel on Monday of using phosphorous bombs in its
13-day offensive and urged the United Nations to
demand an immediate ceasefire.

"According to the Geneva Convention, when they use
phosphorous bombs and laser bombs, is that allowed
against civilians and children?" President Emile
Lahoud asked on France's RFI radio.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said arms used in
Lebanon did not contravene international norms.

"Everything the Israeli Defence Forces are using is
legitimate," the spokeswoman said.

Lahoud gave no details but said the United Nations had
to take concrete action to force Israel to stop its

"The massacre must be stopped as soon as possible.
Afterwards we can talk about everything," he said. "A
decision has to be taken so that there is an immediate

Lahoud's comments came as U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice flew to Beirut to seek a
"sustainable" ceasefire in Lebanon.

The conflict, triggered when Hizbollah guerrillas
captured two Israeli soldiers, has killed at least 373
in Lebanon as well as 37 Israelis and displaced half a
million people in Lebanon.


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