On October 13, warplanes of the US-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes with phosphorous bombs on the ISIS-held town of Hajin on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“The US-led coalition bombed several areas in the town of Hajin, 110km east of the city of Deir Ezzor, with internationally forbidden white phosphorous bombs,” a local source told SANA adding that the airstrikes didn’t result in any casualties.
Yuri Shvytkin, deputy chair of the Russian parliament’s lower house’s defense committee said the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) should investigate the US-led coalition use of phosphorous bombs in Syria if the incident in Hajin is confirmed.
“First of all, the authenticity of the information has to be verified. If it is confirmed, then without a doubt, a relevant request has to be immediately submitted to the OPCW when the information is obtained so that a relevant internal investigation is conducted; the issue must be brought to the attention of the UN Security Council,” Shvytkin told the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The US-led coalition has used the internationally forbidden white phosphorous munitions multiple times during its military campaign in Syria. Last month, the Ministry of Defense of Russia revealed that two F-15 warplanes of the coalition dropped phosphorous bombs on Hajin. However, the incident was not investigated.