" The US and Israel stand accused of targeting DNA in Gaza. "DIME bombs produce an unusually powerful blast within a relatively small area, spraying a superheated "micro-shrapnel" of powdered Heavy Metal Tungsten Alloy (HMTA). Scientific studies have found that HMTA is chemically toxic, damages the immune system, rapidly causes cancer, and attacks DNA (genotoxic). " read this article on NowPublic
" Dr Fosse said he had seen a number of patients with extensive injuries to their lower bodies. "It was as if they had stepped on a mine, but there was no shrapnel in the wounds," he said. "Some had lost their legs. It looked as though they had been sliced off. I have been to war zones for 30 years, but I have never seen such injuries before." However, the injuries matched photographs and descriptions in medical literature of the effects of Dime bombs [....] According to military databases, Dime bombs are intended for use where conventional weapons might kill or injure bystanders – to kill combatants in a house, for example, without harming people next door. Instead of being made from metal, which sprays shrapnel across a wide area, the casing is carbon fibre. Part of the motive for developing the bombs was to replace the use of depleted uranium, but Dr Fosse said the cancer risk from tungsten powde was well known. "These patients should be followed up to see if there are any carcinogenic effects," he said." read more on The Independent
" The carcinogenic effects of heavy metal tungsten alloys (HMTA) have been studied by the U.S. Armed Forces since at least 2000 (along with depleted uranium (DU)). These alloys were found to cause neoplastic transformations of human osteoblast cells.A more recent U.S. Department of Health study in 2005 found that HMTA shrapnel rapidly induces rhabdomyosarcoma cancers in rats.The tungsten alloy carcinogenicity may be most closely related to the nickel content of the alloys used in weapons to date. However, pure tungsten and tungsten trioxide are also suspected of causing cancer and other toxic properties, and have been shown to have such effects in animal studies.One study linked exposure to a dust that contained a mixture of tungsten and cobalt to lung cancer and as the DIME explosive spreads this dust in a wide radius the Focused Lethality Munition could actually wind up killing more people with cancer than explosive impact.DIME wounds are considered to be untreatable because the metal is delivered in the form of a fine powder rather than larger chunks of metal that could be removed with surgery....As reported in the French national newspaper Le Monde, according to a team of journalists from the Italian State radio-television RAI, DIME-type bombs were being used in the Gaza Strip by the IDF against Palestinian targets during July/August 2006. The investigation was performed by analysing samples of metals found in the victims' bodies and examining the unusual wounds. Israel denied possessing or using such weapons.Several doctors working on wounded from the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict report injuries that they believe can only be caused by some new type of weapon used by Israel which they suspect are DIME bombs" source : Wikipedia
The awful invasion in Gaza is not over yet,civilians will face countless tragedies,no houses no proper healthcare,no eduction,no FUTURE..what type of future is waiting those poor civilians of Gaza,their whole enviroment is polluted their water their soil,and absolutly that is gonna effect their health in the coming years,not to mention the huge number of wounded civilians by DIME or phosphoure,I wish arabs would "rehabilitate" the enviroment of Gaza strip instead of building towers and houses.Why enviroment? beacuse it is simply everything,If you have a polluted destroyed enviroment you will never ever get a good agriculture,or economics or even a good health,and when you think twice about it you will see that they are very connected together...... I just hope that our leaders are aware of this issue !!