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‘Israel used depleted uranium shells in air strike’ – Syrian source

 
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‘Israel used depleted uranium shells in air strike’ – Syrian source
Israel used "a new type of weapon", a senior official at the Syrian military facility that came under attack from the Israeli Air Force told RT.

“When the explosion happened it felt like an earthquake,” said the source, who was present near the attack site on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday morning.

“Then a giant golden mushroom of fire appeared. This tells us that Israel used depleted uranium shells.”

Depleted uranium is a by-product of the uranium enrichment process that creates nuclear weapons, and was first used by the US in the Gulf conflict of 1991. Unlike the radioactive materials used in nuclear weapons, depleted uranium is not valued for its explosiveness, but for its toughness – it is 2.5 times as dense as steel – which allows it to penetrate heavy protection.

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Re: ‘Israel used depleted uranium shells in air strike’ – Syrian source
Yeah - they used one of the GBU 28 bombs the US sold them a few years ago for Iran's fortified nuke sites. The GBU has a depleted uranium core. They were testing one out in Syria as a way to warn Iran.
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Re: ‘Israel used depleted uranium shells in air strike’ – Syrian source
Yep, bunker busters (both conventional and non) use depleted uranium tips for it's penetration qualities

It's also used on many armor piercing rounds like those fired from the A10's main gun
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Re: ‘Israel used depleted uranium shells in air strike’ – Syrian source
Israel showing it's true colors.





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