The US Air Force used phosphorous bombs to deliver a strike on the settlement of the ISIS-held village of Hajin in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on September 8, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties Vladimir Savchenko said on September 10.
“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,” Savchenko stated adding adding that the use of munitions containing yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva Convention of 1949.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson commented on this statement claiming that the US Department of Defense has no information about the use of phosphorous bombs in Deir Ezzor province.
“None of the military units in the area are even equipped with white phosphorous munitions of any kind,” he told the Russian news agency TASS.
Last weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) stated that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are making final preparations to kick off a long-awated offensive on the ISIS-held pocket of Haijn in the Euphrates Valley. The report came amid an increased number of aistrikes by the US-led coalition on ISIS targets in the area.