In its most extensive, detailed investigation of the Israeli military’s weapons programs, Israel’s most respected investigative magazine, Al-Hayat, published an exclusive report on Friday revealing that Israel has used chemical and biological weapons on Palestinians, including chemical agents, to kill more than 100,000 Palestinians since 1967.
The article was based on documents and interviews with Israeli officials and scientists who examined the documents.
The investigation by Al-Hassan and Al-Jazeera of the use of chemical weapons on Palestinian civilian populations, and by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world body that verifies the use and storage of nuclear weapons, revealed that the Israeli army has been responsible for the deaths of more than a million Palestinians, and over 500,000 soldiers.
The report also revealed that during the conflict, the Israeli forces have used more than 20,000 types of chemical agents including mustard gas, chlorine, and sarin, and that the army has used more mustard gas and chlorine bombs than any other country in the world.
The document is the most comprehensive analysis of the chemical weapons program Israel has ever conducted.
The Al-Haq report, written by investigative journalist Gideon Levy, said that since the 1967 war, Israel has stockpiled more than 60 million chemical weapons, and it has kept most of them hidden from public scrutiny.
The weapons, which Israel has declared are nuclear weapons in violation of international law, have been used on Palestinians since 1948, but were also used by Palestinian civilians, according to the Al-Shabab-affiliated Al-Tayyiba news agency.
The weapons were used during the first intifada, which began in 2000 and ended in 2006, and are considered the most advanced and destructive weapons ever used by Israel.
The report said that in 2013, Israel used chemical weapons against Palestinian civilians in a densely populated area near the border with Gaza, but that Israel did not know the exact locations of the gas and shells.
Al-Quds al-Arabi TV, the Palestinian news network that broke the story, quoted an Israeli official as saying that the shells were delivered from a “special delivery truck” at the army’s main headquarters in the southern city of Ashkelon.
The IDF denied that it has used chemicals in Gaza.
In a statement, the IDF said that its use of weapons of war against the civilian population of Gaza was in response to a series of military operations against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, including the March 2014 assault that killed six soldiers, including three of the seven soldiers who were killed.
The statement said that the IDF did not use chemical weapons in the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s chief weapons officer, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, was quoted as saying during a 2014 visit to the Gaza border town of Rafah that Israel uses chemical weapons only in self-defense, according the report.
Mordechai also said that Israel is using chemical weapons for a range of reasons, including in a “stabilization” operation in the West Bank, to destroy tunnels used by militants to infiltrate Israel and to destroy bunkers used by Hamas to build tunnels to infiltrate the country.
In 2014, Mordechalai also told Israeli media that Israel’s chemical weapons use is in response “to our repeated violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”
Israel has said that it does not use mustard gas in Gaza and said that other chemical weapons used in Gaza have been destroyed.
However, Israeli and Palestinian sources have told Al-Monitor that some chemical weapons were found in a cache of chemical munitions discovered in Gaza by Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad.
Al-Hayah quoted a senior Mossad official as denying that Israeli forces had used chemical munitions in Gaza during the war.
However the report said Israel’s claim that the weapons were destroyed in the war was “not credible.”
Israel’s main intelligence agency denied that Israeli troops have used chemical or biological weapons in Gaza or in the occupied West Bank during the current conflict, but said it did not deny that Israeli military personnel have been using chemical or other weapons against the Palestinians in the conflict.
Israel has not commented on the report, which was written in Hebrew, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.