16 February 2001 (A/55/793, S/2001/139)

Letter sent by Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the Security Council, and the President of the General Assembly: (Israeli Use of Unknown Gas)

I am writing to you in follow up of my recent letter, dated 1 February 2001, regarding the reported use by the Israeli occupying forces of depleted uranium against Palestinian targets. I have been instructed to inform you that the Israeli occupying forces have used, at least on one occasion, an unknown type of gas against Palestinian civilians. This grave and serious matter is yet another part of the brutal Israeli military campaign being carried against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, in recent months.

In this regard, according to a report by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, the Israeli army fired, on 12 February 2001, an unknown type of gas at civilians in Khan Yunis, which resulted in the admission of forty Palestinians to local hospitals. The hospitals reported various odd symptoms of neurological fits and convulsions, which those patients who had been exposed to the gas were overcome by. Some of the victims were discharged, while others continue to be under close medical care.

The Palestinian Authority unfortunately lacks the expertise and facilities necessary for identifying the type of gas being used, as well as the appropriate antidote. Accordingly, we are seeking the assistance of the available expertise in the United Nations system in examining and defining the type or types of gas being used in these incidents. In this regard, your personal attention and guidance would be highly appreciated.

Names of Martyrs killed by Israeli security forces

in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem

(Wednesday, 14 February through Monday, 19 February 2001)



Wednesday, 14 February 2001

  1. Ayed Tawfiq Abu Jarab


Thursday, 15 February 2001

  1. Nasser Mohammed Al-Hassnat
  2. Mohammed Ali Zuhair


Friday, 16 February 2001

1. Anwar Mustafa Mere i

  1. Issam Rashid Al-Tawil
  2. Shaker Suleiman Al-Manasreh
  3. Mohammed Ismail Al-Hawamdeh


Sunday, 18 February 2001

  1. Ahmad Ismail Faraj-Allah


Monday, 19 February 2001

1. Mahmoud Suleiman Al-Madani