Israel denies using uranium-enriched weapons in Lebanon

Sunday, October 29, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The Foreign Ministry and the Israel Defense Forces denied reports by the British newspaper, The Independent, which claimed Israel used uranium-based munitions, including uranium-tipped bunker-buster bombs against Hizballah in Lebanon this past summer.

The report said scientists found two soil samples thrown up by Israeli heavy or guided bombs, which showed “elevated radiation signatures.” “Scientific evidence gathered from at least two bomb craters in Khiam and At-Tiri, the scene of fierce fighting between Hizballah terrorists.”

"The weapon was [either] some novel small experimental nuclear fission device or other experimental weapon based on the high temperature of a uranium oxidation flash ...[or it] was a bunker-busting conventional uranium penetrator weapon employing enriched uranium rather than depleted uranium," Dr. Chris Busby, the British scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, told the British newspaper The Independent.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said, “Israel does not use any weaponry which is not authorized by international law or international conventions.”

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