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US-Led Coalition Use White Phosphorus In Highly Populated Area Of Raqqa, Syria

US-Led Coalition Use White Phosphorus In Highly Populated Area Of Raqqa, Syria

It has emerged that the US-backed SDF have been using White Phosphorus on mass in a densely populated area of Raqqa, Syria. Video footage has gone viral of the this deadly weapons usage on social media:

Aj-Jazeera reports:

Videos allegedly filmed in Raqqa and posted on social media showed highly incendiary munitions exploding over homes and buildings.

International law permits the use of white phosphorus in order to cover troop movements, but the use of the munition in densely populated areas violates the requirement under international humanitarian law for all feasible precautions to be taken to avoid civilian injury and loss of life.

The Pentagon described white phosphorus as a “chemical weapon” when it was used by Saddam Hussein against the Kurds, but has accepted uses of the substance in the past.

White phosphorus can cause injuries and death in three ways: by burning deep into tissue, by being inhaled as a smoke, and by being ingested. Extensive exposure by burning and ingestion may result in death.  

Phosphorus burns carry a greater risk of mortality than other forms of burns due to the absorption of phosphorus into the body through the burned area, resulting in liver, heart and kidney damage, and in some cases multiple organ failure.

It’s worth noting that the US have not yet made a statement on this allegation, however, few of the west’s mainstream news are even reporting it with a small mention in the New York Times, which are trying to sway opinion that this is no more than ISIS propaganda.

This is not an isolated case, the US and its Western allies continually fund it’s partners in murder across the Middle East to use these devastating chemical weapons. For a more detailed report on White Phosphorus and it’s continual use by the west visit our earlier report below:

US Led Coalition Used White Phosphorus On Civilians Including Young Children

 

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