Mar. 14, 2017
- Hamas Weaponry May Have Killed Gaza Doctor’s Three Daughters – Almog Ben Zikri
The building where four relatives of Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish were killed during the Israel-Hamas war of 2009 contained weaponry not used by Israeli forces, indicating that the IDF may not have caused their deaths, the state said in a court brief submitted last week in response to a lawsuit filed by the doctor.
Lt. Col. Eran Tubal, head of the IDF ground forces’ materials and chemistry laboratory, conducted lab tests on shrapnel extracted from two of the wounded who were hospitalized in Israeli hospitals. One fragment included an explosive called R-Salt, which is not used by the IDF but is commonly used in explosives produced in Gaza. The fragments also contained potassium nitrate, which is not used in IDF artillery but is “a key element in the engines of improvised rockets like the Qassam,” a Hamas rocket, Tubal wrote. (Ha’aretz)