Page last updated at 12:32 GMT, Thursday, 22 January 2009

Israeli strike on school filmed


Mobile phone footage from Gaza shows the moment on 17 January when a UN school in Beit Lahiya was hit by shellfire on the last day of Israel's three-week offensive.

The burning lumps are consistent with the incendiary device white phosphorus (WP) - which is banned from use within areas of civilian concentration under international weapons agreements.

The UN says at least two artillery rounds emitting phosphorus landed inside the school where 1,600 Palestinians were seeking refuge from the bombardment. A high explosive shell also hit one of the school buildings, killing two boys, aged five and seven.

The Israeli army says the weapons it used in Gaza were all legal, but has launched an investigation into allegations of illegal use of WP.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific