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Israel is using weapons with white phosphorous which rains down on people, in the same way these sparks from fireworks at a festival in Barcelona are 'raining down on people'. One is fun and safe the other dangerous and illegal, can you guess which is which?


White Phosphorus produces a thick white smoke when exposed to oxygen, but can cause severe burns and melt flesh to the bone if it comes into contact with skin.


“There was an explosion and white smoke. I saw my cousins screaming . . . I saw them burning and their clothes burning. I saw their skin melting.”

[Muhammad Tahseen, 20, sitting outside his home in Al-Qarara when a shell exploded above]


“The use of white phosphorus in densely populated areas of Gaza violates the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life,”

[Human Rights Watch]

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Taken on February 10, 2008