White Phosphorus Melts Children’s Flesh But No Government Wants to Investigate, the US Uses It Too
By Tareq Haddad On 11/4/19
“It’s a horrific weapon. It burns things to the ground and terrifies people,” Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former head of the British Army’s chemical weapons unit, told Newsweek.
“It’s extremely painful,” said Erik Tollefsen, head of the weapons contamination unit for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
“I’ve seen these burns first-hand when trying to assist and provide first aid to the victims of these attacks and it’s devastating... It burns deep, deep, deep into the body and the trauma it causes can be severe.”
A Human Rights Watch (HRW) paper on the effects of the incendiary said: “Victims who survive their initial injuries may suffer from intense pain, severe infections, organ failure and lowered resistance to disease ... They may also suffer severe disfigurement and lifelong disability, psychological trauma, and an inability to reintegrate into society.” (...)