MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. Phosphorous bombs were used by the US air force warplanes to deliver a strike on the settlement of Hajin in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor governorate on September 8, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties Vladimir Savchenko said on Sunday.
"On September 8, 2018, two F-15 warplanes of the US air force delivered airstrikes on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs. The airstrikes caused heavy fires. Information about casualties and damages is being verified," he said.
The Russian reconciliations center warned that the use of munitions containing yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva Convention of 1949.RT
The use of any incendiary munitions in populated civilian areas was banned by the 1980 Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The US signed the protocol back in 2009.
White phosphorus, however, is also used for smoke screens and signals, which are not banned under the Convention. The loophole allows several nations, including the US, to keep the white-phosphorus based weapons in their arsenal.
Moscow, SANA-Russian defense Ministry said on Sunday that US warplanes of the so-called “international coalition” targeted yesterday Hajin town, 110 km to the east of Deir Ezzor city, with a number of the internationally-banned phosphorous bombs.
The Ministry added in a statement issued by the Russian reconciliation center in Syria that two US warplanes raided Hajin town in Deir Ezzor with phosphorous bombs.
“The strikes erupted huge fires in the region while information about casualties are under verification,” the Ministry affirmed.