Footage of Israeli helicopter firing what appears to be WP on the streets of Gaza.
Most countries in the civilised world have banned these weapons and have signed treaties like the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. One of the articles says that you can't use this where civilians are present. However, Israel reserves the right to kill and burn civilians indiscriminately as they're not a signatory.
It maybe classed as an incendiary weapon but the burns of this weapon are chemical in nature. If in contact with the substance, it will burn your flesh off to the bone until it stops burning. If you breathe the smoke, and you can't get ventilation, your lungs will be eaten away and you die a horrible death.
Can WP be a chemical weapon?
Yes it can - see
Monday, January 12, 2009
WP White Phosphorus over Gaza ?