Israeli Commanders Admit to Atrocities in Lebanon

September 16, 2006

On September 13, the Israeli newspaper “Haaretz,” reported that a top Israeli army officer admitted to carrying out atrocities in Lebanon.

“What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs,” the head of an Israeli occupation rocket unit in Lebanon stated. Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the Israeli army fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets. In addition, Israeli soldiers in artillery units testified that the army used phosphorous shells during the war.

International law prohibits the use of such weapons against humans and last month United Nations chief, Kofi Annan, condemned Israel's use of these weapons. The UN estimated that as much as 40 percent of the small-sized bomblets fired into Lebanon failed to explode on impact and even after the cease-fire, they continue to kill civilians.