Russia says US warplanes are using white phosphorous bombs in their airstrikes against civilian-populated areas east of the Euphrates River in Syria, leaving civilian casualties.
“The Americans have resumed intensive airstrikes against terrorist-controlled settlements along the eastern bank of Euphrates,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.
According to local residents, US-led coalition jet fighters are using “white phosphorus munitions” in their airstrikes, Zakharova said, speaking at a press briefing in Moscow.
White phosphorus munitions are banned under the 1977 First Additional Protocol to the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
The Russian spokeswoman’s comments came after Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that the US-led coalition has carried out fresh aerial attacks against residential areas in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, using internationally-banned cluster…