Russia claimed on Sunday that the United State conducted bombing raids using white phosphorus against military targets in civilian areas of eastern Syria, agencies reported. The use of the incendiary material violates international law.
“Two American F-15 planes carried out bombings on September 8 targeting the area of Hajin in the Deir Ezzor region using incendiary phosphorus ammunition,” Russian General Vladimir Savtchenko said in a statement. “These strikes resulted in fierce fires. We are clarifying the information concerning possible deaths and injuries.”
In Syria, ISIS still controls an area in Deir Ezzor between the Euphrates River and the Iraqi border, and also operates in the Syrian desert.
An international coalition led by the US is helping a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces that have been conducting an offensive against ISIS.
The use of white phosphorus against civilians and against legitimate military targets in heavily populated areas is banned under the Geneva Conventions.