British Army scoffs at Russia using Chemical weapons but they have been using them in Africa!

Why is white phosphorus bad
Is white phosphorus toxic
In solid form, it has a waxy texture and a garlic-like odor. It may be white or yellow in color, or clear (colorless). White phosphorus is extremely toxic to humans. It can also be quite unstable.
Inhalation exposure has resulted in respiratory tract irritation and coughing in humans. Chronic (long-term) exposure to white phosphorus in humans results in necrosis of the jaw, termed “phossy jaw.”
Phossy jaw” and the matchgirls: a nineteenth-century industrial disease —  Royal College of SurgeonsPhosphorus poisoning
Phosphorus necrosis of the jaw, commonly called ‘phossy jaw’, was a really horrible disease and overwhelmingly a disease of the poor. Workers in match factories developed unbearable abscesses in their mouths, leading to facial disfigurement and sometimes fatal brain damage
EPA has classified white phosphorus as a Group D, not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity.
Side effects
White phosphorus side effects
White phosphorous causes severe burns and other potentially life threatening symptoms if: it contacts your skin or eyes. you ingest it.

Breathing in smoke from white phosphorous can cause:
  • respiratory tract irritation.
  • headache.
  • coughing.
  • fluid accumulation in your lungs.
    When used as a weapon, it can cause fire to rain down on targets, inflicting indiscriminate damage. It is illegal, therefore, for phosphorus to be used near civilians, because international law requires that combatants distinguish between civilian and military elements.
    During the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russia used white phosphorus bombs in the battles for Kyiv and Kramatorsk in March, against defenders at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol in May, and in many different locations over the 2022 Christmas holiday.USED BY U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

    Shells containing white phosphorus were fired at insurgents in foxholes or other covered positions to smoke them out, and they were then hit with high-explosive artillery rounds in what troops called the “shake and bake” technique.

British troops can fire a highly controversial incendiary weapon on exercises in Kenya, the government has admitted to parliament. The revelation comes amid UK concerns of Russia using white phosphorus in Ukraine.
Defence minister James Heappey said today UK soldiers have deployed white phosphorus mortar rounds on training exercises in Kenya “where conditions have permitted their use”.

He added it provided “illumination for training at night, as well as for smoke screening purposes”.

White phosphorus is not currently banned as a chemical weapon but has similar effects. Human Rights Watch says it is “notorious for the severity of the injuries it causes” and “deeply burns human flesh”.

“If fragments of white phosphorus enter the bloodstream, they can lead to multiple organ failure,” the group notes. “Already-dressed wounds can reignite when dressings are removed”.

Earlier this month Britain’s Defence Intelligence called out Russia’s deployment of white phosphorus in the Donbas region of Ukraine and warned Vladimir Putin could use it in fighting over the besieged port city of Mariupol.British army's white phosphorus habit revealed

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has complained to Nato about Russia’s use of white phosphorus. Media reports of its use often trigger fears the Kremlin will escalate to firing banned chemical weapons.

Though the UK rebukes Russia for using white phosphorous in Ukraine, Batuk says it will employ the chemical in Kenya but in a controlled way.

Early in the year, Batuk came under heavy criticism by human rights activists when it admitted using white phosphorous weapons in Archers Post, Samburu County.

“We understand it is a sensitive matter. For as long as it remains legal, we will continue to use it,” Lt-Col Bibby said.

Prince William (centre) talks Irish soldiers during his visit to Laikipia, in his role as colonel, on September 30, 2018. British soldiers say they collect unexploded bombs.

“We are not the only military that uses white phosphorous. The KDF uses it too.”

At the same time, the British Army has been under scrutiny over injuries on many locals and environmental degradation caused by incendiary rounds, including white phosphorous-based munitions.

Batuk top brass, however, maintain that the unit has put measures in place to mitigate deaths, injuries and destruction of the environment during the training.

“We do a lot of work to minimise harm. Where the weapon does not explode, we search for it and dispose it properly. Where we cannot find it immediately, we mark that area and range sweep will come here every year and use technology to find the unexploded ordinances,” the Batuk Deputy Commander told the Sunday Nation. UNLEASHES "DANGEROUS CHEMICAL" WEAPON in KENYA during TRAINING!  This is HOW WE STOP THIS BS! - YouTube

Although there is no suggestion Britain deliberately targets Kenyan civilians with white phosphorus, many of its exercises in the east African nation occur on communal land. An internal army report seen by Declassified states that live firing of mortars takes place in areas “frequented by farmers, villagers and nomadic tribes-people”.

Kenny MacAskill MP, who uncovered its use in Kenya, said: “The dangers of white phosphorus are well documented and have caused injury and misery in many conflicts.

“That it should be used in training exercises near where civilians are located or through where they’ll pass is highly dangerous. It just shouldn’t be happening and the Ministry of Defence should cease this practice.”
The British army can train on a vast area of land in Kenya. In recent years, military exercises created enough debris to fill more than a dozen shipping containers.

Not all discarded ammunition is recovered from the training grounds, posing a hazard to local people.

Remember when Ukraine sold white phosphorus munitions to Azerbaijan  Armenians remember - Pepperidge Farm Remembers | Make a Meme

MacAskill previously uncovered that a 13-year-old Kenyan boy sustained lacerations and burns when he found an unignited mini flare last January. The army said it was “consistent with British munitions that had been used in the area”.

In 2015, another 13-year-old Kenyan boy, Lisoka Lesasuyan, lost both arms and an eye when he picked up an unexploded mortar fuze. The type of fuze was withdrawn from British army service in 2019 after it was found to contain the poisonous explosive substance Tetryl, Labour MP Clive Lewis was told.

Tetryl can affect the nervous, digestive and respiratory systems. Its manufacture in the United States was stopped as far back as 1973, and the Pentagon is destroying remaining stocks.

‘Suspicions they’ve used chemicals’
Kenyan lawyer, Kelvin Kubai, who represents victims of British army abuses, told Declassified he believes local people have health problems linked to Tetryl and white phosphorus, such as impaired vision.
British Army on the Spot Over Use of Chemical Weapons in Samburu - Kenyans
“We’ve had suspicions for a long time that they’ve used chemicals during the training and now evidence is coming to light that confirms our worries,” Kubai commented.

“It’s astonishing that as recently as 2019, Tetryl was in use by the British army given its toxicological characteristics. Kenyan authorities and the community at large are being kept in the dark.”

He accused the UK military of an “unsustainable culture”, noting that a treaty governing Britain’s use of training grounds in Kenya only recently added a clause allowing the host nation to monitor the environmental impact.Govt admits white phosphorus use, but denies violating law

“I feel the British army has been taking advantage of the absence of such a monitoring law as a check on the use of their training fields. This law is being introduced quite late, after British soldiers have already been training in Kenya for many years.”

An army spokesman said “the British Army does not use white phosphorus mortar rounds as an incendiary weapon” because they are not targeted at civilians, and their primary purpose is for illumination. Any incendiary effect is apparently incidental.How white phosphorus works - YouTube

The rounds are only fired on the Archer’s Post training area, which spans 87,000 hectares of Kenya. The army claims that range wardens and contractors clear the area of civilians prior to exercises through outreach to the local pastoralist population. Helicopters are used to ensure wildlife has vacated.

These colonizers have no soul and don’t care about the effects of this substance on the people of Kenya but let’s not stop there. They have been using it in wars for ages even though they have banned it!

I guess it depends on the people you are fighting OR experimenting on that determines the if and where they use this stuff. The British had the nerve to object to Russia using it on the Ukrainians after they used it in Kenya just training troops?!? I mean the nerve and that was not a war it was just training and they felt they could just it it like toilet paper!?! The only reason they objected to the Russians use is because the people it was being used on were caucasians and NOT Africans or Afghans….  and we all know we are expendable to them…..SG64

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