Friday, April 19, 2002
IDF finds 12 liters of poisonous bromine hidden in Arafat's Ramallah compound
Aaron Lerner Date: 19 April 2002
The following is IMRA's translation of part of an item by investigative reporter Yoav Yitzchak's report in today's Ma'ariv:
The Palestinians, perhaps with Iraqi inspiration, have begun preparing a chemical arsenal for their war against the Jews. I have learned from information brought to my attention that on April 10 six suspicious tubes were captured in the Mukata building in Ramallah [IMRA: Arafat's compound] and each of them contained two liters. They were buried in a sandbox, apparently due to their fragility and in light of the dangers associated with their content.
A short check proved that they contained bromine. The IDF Technology Unit removed the tubes from the location.
Bromine is a volatile liquid, of brownish-red color and it is extremely poisonous if inhaled. It is a corrosive that dissolves tissue, particularly in humans. It is dangerous if inhaled even at a concentration of one per million. Very low concentrations of the chemical are used in the production of flammable material, disinfectants and in the pharmaceutical industry.
A small quantity (say a few hundred cc) out of the total quantity seized could cause - if for example it is attached to an explosive device - considerably damage and even cause mass murder in such closed areas as shopping malls.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director
IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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