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19:27 | 2009-01-17

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Urges OPCW to Investigate Israel's Use of Chemical Weapons

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran wants the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate Israeli use of Chemical Weapons in Gaza.

"It is appalling that such a massive use of chemical agents in Gaza by Zionist regime is unraveling before our eyes despite the existence of the Organization for prohibition of Chemical Weapons whose raison d'etre is to exclude completely the possibility of use of chemical weapons," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in a letter to the OPCW Director General on Saturday.

"Therefore, the international community highly expects that the OPWC as the sole component Organization acts in accordance with its mandate to exclude the possibility of the use of such barbaric weapons and shows its responsibility for initiating an investigation into the victims of these attacks," he stated.

"It is also of importance that the distinguished Director General and the OPWC act consistently with their previous practice to condemn the illegal and inhuman actions of the Zionist regime in Gaza in the hope of placating the suffering of the defenseless Palestinian people and soothe the wounds of the victims of the recent atrocities," Mottaki stressed.

"Such an abhorrent act of deployment of toxic chemicals by Zionist regime's troops in Gaza is against international instruments prohibiting the use of warfare including in particular the 1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use of Asphyxiating, poisonous or other Gases and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare as well as the Chemical Weapons Convention," he continued.

Since Israel attacked Gaza on December 27, a number of 1200 Palestinian have been killed while 5300 have been wounded.

Zionist regime has used phosphorous bombs by its air attacks to pound the densely-populated Gaza Strip whereas the 1925 protocol of Geneva Convention bans using asphyxiating and poisonous materials particularly against civilians.

Components of white phosphorus will burn through flesh to the bone and if released in the wound they will be poisonous. Breathing the white phosphorus smoke will harm liver, kidney, heart, lung and bone and result in a very painful death.