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Once Again: US-led Coalition Strikes Targets In Euphrates Valley With White Phosphorus

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Once Again: US-led Coalition Strikes Targets In Euphrates Valley With White Phosphorus

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On November 21, warplanes of the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes with internationally prohibited white phosphorus bombs on the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

“Warplanes of the international coalition led by the U.S. carried out airstrikes with white phosphorus bombs on residential areas in Hajin, in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, killing and injuring many civilians,” local sources told the SANA.

The exact number of casualties was not revealed. However, the SANA said that over 100 civilians were killed in the US-led coalition bombing on the Euphrates Valley during the last seven days only.

This was not the first time the US-led coalition is accused of using international prohibited weapons during its operation in the Euphrates Valley. Last month, several people were reportedly killed and injured when coalition warplanes dropped white phosphorus bombs on residential areas in the valley. Back then, Syrian and Russian officials called for an international investigation of this incident.

Some sources say that the use of such weapons shows that the US-led coalition is desperate to neutralize remaining ISIS fighters in the Euphrates Valley, where its proxies have failed to advance so far.

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