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Gaza injuries suggest new weapon is being used, say doctors

Issue No. 2413

Doctors in Gaza say they are treating injuries consistent with experimental Dense Inert Metal Explosive (Dime) weapons.

These are bombs packed with powder made from heavy metal alloys, principally tungsten. It acts as hot, sharp, tiny shrapnel which tears through flesh and bone.

The blasts are short-range but high energy. Dime was specifically developed by the US for use in densely populated areas. The powder cannot be removed, and tungsten poisoning can cause cancer.

Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert works at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza. He said, “A good number of the injuries seen here are consistent with the use of dense inert metal explosives. The bodies are pretty much destroyed by enormous energy released by the explosives that are shot near them or at them.”

Dr Gilbert urged governments around the world to send forensic experts to Gaza to investigate. The Tories have not responded.

Could their reasons have anything to do with British military export licences for “metal alloys in powder form”?

Three facts about Gaza

  • Gaza is one of the world’s most densely populated places. There are 1.8 million people living in an area less than half the size of New York city. Many of them are already refugees from Israeli attacks elsewhere—and almost half are under 16.
  • Besides Israel, only Egypt has a border with Gaza. Its army keeps the border closed. It has even refused to let aid in. Secret tunnels are the only way to bring in vital supplies.
  • Hamas won elections across Gaza and the West Bank in 2006. A coup against them and Israel’s siege left Gaza isolated. Contrary to Israeli propaganda, Hamas has repeatedly offered Israel a long term truce.

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