by Dania Akkad at Middle East Eye
Israeli forces “most likely” used a 1,000-pound bomb when they hit a compound housing British doctors working for UK and US organisations in southern Gaza earlier this month, a UN investigation has found.
In results released on Tuesday, UN investigators said the early morning strike on 18 January probably involved an MK83 bomb guided by a GBU32, a type of kit that turns “free fall” bombs into precision-guided missiles.
The new revelations will increase scrutiny of US and UK arms sales to Israel as it is possible weapons or components made in both countries were used in the attack, arms control experts and lawyers said.
The State Department and UK Department of Business and Trade both told MEE that they keep arms export licences under continual review, but would not comment specifically on whether the incident had impacted weapons sales or transfers.
The UK’s Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) and the US-based International Rescue Committee (IRC), headed by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, have condemned the attack which injured several of their team members and a bodyguard, and severely damaged the residential compound…Continue Reading