Algeria warns of potential chemical weapon use in Gaza by Israel

Algeria warns of potential chemical weapon use in Gaza by Israel

Algeria has alerted the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about the potential use of chemical weapons by Israel in Gaza, as reported by Middle East Monitor.

The warning came from Algerian Ambassador Salima Abdelhak, currently serving as the vice-president of the OPCW’s Executive Council for the African region, during the organization’s 105th Executive Council session, which was held in the Hague from the 5th to the 8th of March.

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Citing Israel’s multiple international law violations in recent months, and condemning Israel as an occupier, Abdelhak, underlined that the country has not been a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and therefore questions can be raised regarding potential intentions to utilize such weapons in its ongoing war in Gaza.

This comes after reports that Israel has used white phosphorus in military operations, both in Gaza and Lebanon.

The Algerian ambassador also expressed her support for Palestine’s request to the technical secretariat of the OPCW for the opening of an investigation into the use of such weapons in Gaza and called for regular updates on the investigation’s findings.

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Finally, Abdelhak stated her country’s condemnation of: “the acts and atrocities committed by the Israeli occupier against the Palestinian people.”

Meanwhile, in Gaza, the death toll has risen to more than 31,184 people according to the latest numbers released by the Hamas-run, Gaza Ministry of Health, on March 12th.

Middle East Monitor


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