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|02/17/01 at 18:36:49|
Report: Israelis are using nerve gas against Palestinians
Occupied Jerusalem: 15 February, 2001 - The Palestinian Authority has
called on the international community to help ascertain the type of
gas which Israeli Occupation troops have been using against Palestinian
protesters particularly in the Gaza Strip.
The PA minister of health, Riadh al Za'anoun, said on Thursday the
Palestinians were not able to establish the exact type of the Gas used
consequently couldn't administer the proper antidote on affected
"We have established that the gas used against our people by the
occupation army is not the standard tear gas used around the world to
disperse demonstrators, it is a nerve agent, maybe phosgene or anther
variety of nerve gas."
Al Za'anoun said the gas was certainly fatal when used in enclosed
and caused a variety of symptoms not caused by normal tear gas.
"It causes acute shortness of breath, disorientation, hallucination,
fainting, vomiting with stains of blood, and nervous breakdown."
According to Awni al Khatib, Prof. of Chemistry at the Hebron
the gas used by the Israeli army is known chemically as "phosgene"
(COCl-2) which he said was a serious nerve agent which can be very
"This gas was used during World War I and proved very deadly," said al
Khatib in an interview on Thursday.
He added that it was highly possible that this gas will have long
effects on affected people and might cause cancer or infertility.
The Israeli army denied that it was using nerve gas against
calling Palestinian complaints to that effects "highly exaggerated."
However, an Israeli army spokesman recognized on Wednesday that the
gas used against Palestinians in Gaza "would never be used against
When asked why, the Israeli spokesman said "no comment''.
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