DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – American warplanes reportedly drop phosphorous bombs on a village in the eastern Syria province of Dayr al-Zawr.
Vladimir Savchenko, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, announced the development, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
"On September 8, 2018, two F-15 warplanes of the U.S. air force delivered airstrikes on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs. The airstrikes caused heavy fires. Information about casualties and damages is being verified," he said.
"The Russian reconciliations center warned that the use of munitions containing yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva Convention of 1949,” the agency added.
Last June, New York-based organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) similarly warned that a United States-led coalition purporting to be fighting the Daesh terror group in Syria and Iraq was deploying white phosphorous bombs in the Arab countries. "No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like [Syria’s] Raqqah and [Iraq’s] Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” Steve Goose, the arms director at the HRW, said back at the time.
The ammunitions can cause extensive and deep second and third degree burns, while inhalation of the gas released by them potentially results in illness or death.
In another development, a U.S. senator has indicated that British intelligence services are planning to stage a chemical attack on civilians in Syria to implicate the government and its allies as they seek to liberate the last remaining regions from the grip of terrorists.
Virginia state Senator Richard Black said last week that Britain’s MI6 had been working on a chemical attack in Syria for the past few weeks, adding that the main aim of the plan was to blame the Syrian government and military for targeting defenseless civilians.
"Around four weeks ago, we knew that British intelligence was working towards a chemical attack in order to blame the Syrian government, to hold Syria responsible,” said Black in an interview with Al Mayadeen, a news channel based in Beirut.
The Democratic senator, who was in Syria recently to meet with senior government officials, reiterated his claims about fake chemical attacks in Syria in an interview with The Washington Post, saying Britain had no intention of carrying out such attacks itself, but it was to direct terrorists, including members of the so-called White Helmets, a group with alleged humanitarian mission, to launch the attack.
"The plan is to use the White Helmets who have always been involved in these notorious deceptions, to portray an attack.” he said, adding, "From what I can tell, they have been planning a fake attack, not a genuine one, but one where they actually move people out of a town and they have trained people to portray victims of a gas attack.”
Black’s remarks echoed similar concerns raised by the Syrian government and its allies about the possibility of a chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib, where the military is planning a large-scale offensive against terrorists.
This undated video grab-shot purportedly shows US marines stationed in Syria firing artillery shells in an unknown area.