BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – The Azerbaijani forces reportedly used white phosphorus munitions over the Karabakh region on Friday, amid the ongoing escalation inside this disputed territory.
Based on video footage released from Karabakh, the Azerbaijani forces fired the white phosphorus munitions over the forests of this region.
The white phosphorus can be seen falling on trees in this forested area of Karabakh, which sparked fears of potential fires.
Azerbaijan has yet to comment on these allegations of white phosphorus use; however, since the video emerged on Friday evening, several users have shared the footage on a number of social media platforms.
While it is illegal to use white phosphorus as a weapon, it has been used to make smoke screens, generate illumination, mark targets or burn bunkers and buildings.
According to Reuters, under international law, white phosphorus is considered an incendiary weapon, defined by Protocol III of the Convention on the Prohibition of Use of Certain Conventional Weapons as “any weapon or munition which is primarily designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury to persons through the action of flame, heat or combination thereof, produced by a chemical reaction of a substance delivered on the target.”