Magazine article Arms Control Today

Incendiary Weapons: Recent Use and Growing Opposition

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Incendiary Weapons: Recent Use and Growing Opposition

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Human Rights Watch and the International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School, November 2014

Incendiary weapons are "exceptionally cruel," and their ongoing use "highlights the urgent need to take steps to prevent the civilian suffering they cause," say the authors of this report. Incendiary weapons were used in Syria and Ukraine in 2014, according to the authors. Human Rights Watch documented 57 incendiary attacks in Syria, four of which killed more than 40 civilians, according to the group. A dozen nations criticized these attacks, says the report, which is in the form of a memorandum to delegates to last November's meeting in Geneva of parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). In a positive development, the report notes there was no confirmed use of white phosphorus in Israeli operations in Gaza in 2014. …

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