Israel uses internationally banned flechette shells in Gaza

Flechette shell darts

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)– The 24-year-old Mahmoud Abu Rock was asleep in his house in Khuzaa town east of Khan Younis when shrapnel of an Israeli flechette shell hit him over a month ago.

During an interview with the PIC reporter, Abu Rock has brought a dart with a length of 37.5 mm saying that it was fired by Israeli forces on July 17 and caused him serious injuries.

He added that flechette shells were fired on that day in order to force the residents to leave their homes before storming the town. Dozens of casualties were reported while large numbers of homes were destroyed.

Flechette shell darts embedded in a wall in Gaza

The flechette shell is an Israeli weapon used during the last aggression on Gaza against civilians in total violation of international laws and conventions.

Military experts said that the flechette shell is an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank.

The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 37.5mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch 300 meters long and about 90 meters wide.

Um Mohamed said, in her turn, that her husband was injured in a similar attack by a flechette shell.

The citizen Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, has also suffered injuries to her chest in the flechette shelling at her home.  “It contains tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, aiming to cause the largest number of casualties,” she explained.

Flechette shells were fired at very crowded civilian communities in Gaza Strip in flagrant violation of international laws that prohibit its use in residential areas.

Israeli forces have used flechette shells in previous wars against civilians, causing dozens of martyrs and injured people.



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