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Israel using white phosphorus bombs in Gaza: Palestine; War monitor confirms

Palestine has accused Israel of using banned white phosphorus bombs on civilians in the Karama neighborhood of Gaza Strip. This accusation came after Tel Aviv pledged to escalate its response to a Hamas attack with a ground offensive. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry made the claim on Tuesday, stating that Israel deployed toxic white phosphorus bombs in densely populated areas northwest of Gaza City. The use of white phosphorus for creating a smokescreen is allowed under international law, but it is prohibited in densely populated regions according to the 1980 Geneva Convention. Israeli forces reportedly struck over 200 targets in a Gaza City neighborhood used by Hamas, resulting in a significant number of casualties. The conflict has led to more than 900 deaths and 4,600 injuries in Gaza, with over 260,000 people displaced. Meanwhile, Hamas launched an unprecedented attack in southern Israel, leading to numerous casualties and hostages. Israel has imposed a complete siege on Gaza, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation. Additionally, an Israeli airstrike targeted the home of Hamas military commander Mohammad Deif’s relatives, resulting in several casualties. Israel has not commented on the accusations made by Palestine.

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