Russia Accuses America Of Using White Phosphorus In Deir Al-Zour And America Denies
Two US F-15s dropped phosphorous bombs on the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour on Saturday, the Russian news agency TASS quoted the Russian military as saying on Sunday, but the United States denied the allegation.
The Russian military said the air strikes targeted a hybrid village and caused fires, but no casualties were reported.
A spokesman for the Pentagon denied that the US planes dropped phosphorus bombs. “At this time, we have not received any reports of any use of white phosphorus,” Commander Shon Robertson said. “Our military units in the region are not equipped with white phosphorus munitions of any kind”
Human rights say the US-led coalition against the Islamic state organization used white phosphorus munitions during the Syrian conflict. The bombs can produce curtains of thick white smoke and are used as incendiary bombs. Human rights groups criticize the use of munitions in populated areas because they can kill people and maim others by burning their flesh to bones.
Tension between the United States and Russia has increased in recent days as Donald tramb administration examines military options if Syria ignores US warnings of using chemical weapons in an expected attack on Idlib, the last major bastion of opponents of the Damascus government.