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Israel using banned weapons, claims Norwegian doctor

20 July-2014, Gaza: Israel using banned weapons, claims Norwegian doctor Renowned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert on Tuesday accused Israel of using internationally proscribed weapons in its ongoing air offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Israel using banned weapons, claims Norwegian doctor

Israel using banned weapons, claims Norwegian doctor
Damage caused by white phosphorus

“Israel is dropping Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) munitions on Gaza,” Gilbert, who is helping to treat Palestinians injured by Israeli airstrikes, told Anadolu Agency. “DIME explosives cause deep lacerations, which I have found on the bodies of killed and injured Palestinians,” Gilbert said. He also said some injuries he had seen in Gaza had indicated that Israel was using white phosphorus. Israel was widely criticized for using white phosphorus against civilian targets during the 2008/09 “Cast Lead” operation, which left at least 1400 Palestinians dead and thousands injured.

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  1. FULL TEXT OF THE MAIL From Dr. Mads Gilbert in Gaza: ‘Lakes of Blood on the Floor in the ER’

    Dearest friends –
    The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
    The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!
    Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).
    My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.
    Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t
    And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
    An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.
    Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?
    I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.
    I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.
    Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.
    But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.
    The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.
    Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.
    Gaza, Occupied Palestine
    Mads Gilbert MD PhD
    Professor and Clinical Head
    Clinic of Emergency Medicine
    University Hospital of North Norway
    N-9038 Tromsø, Norway
    Mobile: +4790878740