• US-led coalition strikes eastern Syrian town with white phosphorus bombs

The so-called US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has used white phosphorus bombs in a bombing raid against an area in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources, requesting not to be named, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that US-led military aircraft carried out a bombing attack on the town of Hajin, located some 110 kilometers east of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr, on Wednesday afternoon, using the internationally-banned munitions.

Late last month, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari confirmed at a UN Security Council meeting that the US-led alliance had used white phosphorus bombs against the same Syrian town.

On October 13, SANA also reported that the US-led coalition had dropped internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs on Hajin.

On September 8, two F-15 warplanes of the US Air Force targeted the same Syrian town with white phosphorous bombs.

In June last year, Human Rights Watch warned that the US-led coalition was deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government.

On November 13, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned a recent airstrike by the US-led coalition against the eastern town of al-Shaafah, which left more than 60 people dead and injured, arguing that the massacre clearly pointed to the fact that members of the military alliance had no respect for moral values, international rules and regulations besides the lives of innocent civilians.

The ministry, in two separate letters, addressed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating president of the UN Security Council Ma Zhaoxu, called on the Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities and stop US-led aerial assaults.

It also asked the world body to propose an international, independent and impartial mechanism to investigate the crimes being perpetrated by the US-led coalition.

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Nov 21, 2018 18:00 UTC
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