Lebanon's president accused Israel on Monday of using phosphorous bombs
in its 13-day offensive and urged the United Nations to demand an immediate
"According to the Geneva Convention, when they use phosphorous bombs and
laser bombs, is that allowed against civilians and children?" President
Emile Lahoud asked on France's RFI radio.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said arms used in Lebanon did not contravene
"Everything the Israeli Defence Forces are using is legitimate,"
the spokeswoman said.
Lahoud gave no details but said the United Nations had to take concrete action
to force Israel to stop its assault.
"The massacre must be stopped as soon as possible. Afterwards we can talk
about everything," he said. "A decision has to be taken so that there
is an immediate ceasefire."
Lahoud's comments came as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to
Beirut to seek a "sustainable" ceasefire in Lebanon.
The conflict, triggered when Hizbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers,
has killed at least 373 in Lebanon as well as 37 Israelis and displaced half
a million people in Lebanon.
GRAPHIC VIDEO - Lebanese Doctor Says 'Phosphorus Weapons'
[A note to readers: This news report, originally aired on CNN International,
contains graphic images.]
CNN video correspondent, Karl Penhaul, follows a family that had been mistakenly
caught in an Israeli air strike. The doctor treating the family says that there
is phosphorus in the weapons that cause extremely painful burns on its victims.
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