Published on: Oct 14, 2018 @ 11:22 – The US-led international coalition has launched an air strike in the Syrian city of Hajin, in the eastern desert province of Deir ez-Zor, using white phosphorus banned by international resolutions, the SANA news agency quoted local sources as saying.

“The coalition has launched air strikes in some quarters of the city of Hajin, which lies 110 kilometers from Deir ez-Zor, using white phosphorus,” sources told the agency.

The media say the attack was carried out on Saturday without giving information on dead or injured.

According to SANA, the attacks were carried out “under the pretext of fighting ISIS”, a terrorist group banned in Russia.

The coalition has not yet officially commented on the alleged incident.

The reported attack is not the first time the coalition has been accused of using prohibited weapons. In early September, the Russian Center for Reconciliation reported that two US F-15 jets carried out attacks using internationally banned phosphorus bombs in Deir ez-Zor province.

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For its part, the coalition and the Pentagon have denied the use of white phosphorus in Syria.

Under the Geneva Conventions, the use of white phosphorus munitions is prohibited against civilians or in residential areas.

This week the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs expressed concern about the safety of 10,000 civilians trapped in the Hajin area amid reports of civilian casualties during the operations by the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led international coalition against ISIS.

Although the SDF have been struggling to defeat ISIS in this part of Syria, despite having the backing of US airstrikes, they have made little advancements against the terrorist group. In fact, most advancements made by the SDF have been reversed the past two days as severe sandstorms have rendered US-led air strikes useless, allowing ISIS to take advantage and make counterattacks against the SDF.

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