Women, children killed in US phosphorous attack on Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr

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Publish Date: 9:01 - 04 March 2019
TEHRAN, Mar 04 - The US-led coalition has once again fired white phosphorus munitions on Dayr al-Zawr province in eastern Syria, reportedly killing and injuring women and children.

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Syrian sources say the Sunday night’s airstrikes targeted the town of Baghuz, the last Daesh stronghold in the Arab country.

The attacks came after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced they had resumed operations against Daesh militants in Baghuz, following a break for citizens' evacuation.

According to state Syrian broadcaster Ikhbarya, citing local sources, the phosphorus shelling occurred Sunday night and claimed the lives of several locals, including women and children. Some civilians were also injured.

The flashpoint town is located in the eastern Euphrates River region.

The US-led coalition had used phosphorous in its earlier bombing raid against the same town on Friday night, targeting the farmlands of Baghuz in the volatile province.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

The coalition has repeatedly denied using white phosphorus in its airstrikes. In response to previous allegations, the Pentagon maintained that munitions used by the US in Syria complied with all international norms.

On November 5 last year the US-led warplanes used white phosphorus bombs against Hajin, located some 110 kilometers east of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr, Sana reported.

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 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the US-led coalition was deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.

Source: Press TV

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