Did Richard Goldstone hide more sinister crimes in Gaza? – Part 1: White Phosphorus and Flechettes
by Peter Eyre, Pal Telegraph (read all the article on PT)
The “Flechette” shells (from the French “flêchette,” meaning “small arrow”) are known to contain thousands of small metal arrows, each some four centimeters long. When the shell explodes in the air, at a height of approximately 30 m above the ground, the lethal arrows scatter over a cone-shaped area some 300 m in length and 94 m wide. It should be noted that the Flechette was developed by the Americans in Vietnam, when they sought an effective weapon for attacking Viet Cong forces hiding among the trees in the jungles and dispersed over a large area.
It is worth noting that this weapon has been considered controversial since it was first introduced. The arguments raised against the Flechette are based, inter alia…
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