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US-led coalition shower Raqqa with white phosphorus munitions


Raqqa (SyriaNews.media) A video released by the Islamic State-owned Amaq website showed aerial bombing, using white phosphorus munitions, which was claimed to be carried out by the US-led international coalition on the Syrian City of Raqqa.

13 persons were killed, while others were wounded in air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, late on Thursday, using rockets and white phosphorus munitions, on al-Nour Street, west of the city of Raqqa, Qasioun News reported on Saturday.

The media outlet revealed that warplanes belonging to the US-led international coalition showered the city of Raqqa with white phosphorus, leaving more than 13 casualties, while added that the warplanes also bombarded an internet café in al-Jazra neighborhood, killing 18 persons.

Furthermore, coalition aircraft conducted more than ten air strikes, including five using white phosphorus, on the neighborhoods of al-Batani, al-Romaniyah and al-Qadisiyah, west of the city.

The often-controversial munitions are common in western militaries and are used primarily to create smoke screens, though they can also be dropped as an incendiary weapon. When a white phosphorus shell explodes, the chemical inside reacts with the air, creating a thick white cloud. When it comes in contact with flesh, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone, Washington Post reported.

Noteworthy, Syrian Democratic Forces announced, on Thursday, recapturing the area of the 17th brigade and the sugar plant, after fierce battles with the Islamic State.


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