U.S. shipped 989 munitions containers to Israel week before Gaza invasion
Australian Herald 10th April, 2009
In the dying days of the Bush administration, and a week before Israel launched an aerial bombing campaign, followed by a land invasion of the Gaza Strip, the U.S. military shipped 989 containers of munitions to Israel.
Each container was 20-feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tonnes. The shipment reportedly reached Israel last month at Ashod, 40 kiometres north of Gaza. The huge arsenal of munitions will replenish those expended in the Gaza War.
According to Amnesty International in the UK, the shipment included white phosphorous.
"We are sure that the consignment contained arms and munitions." We have a strong suspicion that it contained white phosphorous which has been used against civilians in Gaza," Brian Wood, head of Arms Control Campaign at Amnesty International in London said late this week.
"The cargo ship had been chartered and controlled by US Military Sealift Command. It left the USA for Israel on December 20, one week before the start of Israeli attacks on Gaza. The vessel was carrying 989 containers of munitions, each of them 20-feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tonnes," he said.
The IOF Storm Troopers needed to use about TEN TONS of ordnance for each Gazan they murdered? That's around 20,000 pounds of shells, bombs, grenades, bullets, White Phosphorous and Hellfire missiles used for each dead Gazan.
The IOF must still be in a state of shock from getting its ass kicked in Lebanon in 2006, so much so, that their trigger fingers are shaky.
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