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Suspicion of phosphorus bombs in Metula: Old IDF weapons fell into hands of Hezbollah

Mortar shell shot from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Metula (Photo: KAN 11)

Two mortar bombs that exploded last week in the northern Israeli town of Metula were apparently IDF phosphorus bombs that fell into the hands of Hezbollah, according to a report on Wednesday in the KAN 11 evening news.

The IDF spokesman said that "special demolition forces arrived at the scene to deal with the bomb. After an examination, the assessment is that it was most likely an old Israeli weapon that had been decommissioned. However, the incident is still under investigation."

After landing on the street, the bombs started a fire and also destroyed part of the road where they hit. The Metula Municipal Council believes that these shells contained phosphorous material intended to increase damage to civilians. If true, this is the first time that Hezbollah has used a weapon that contains phosphorus.

Rubi Hammerschlag is a correspondent for KAN 11 news.

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