DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – The US-led coalition is possibly breaching international conventions on white phosphorus munitions as its warplanes are intensifying their sorties on the embattled city of Raqqa, looking to defeat a besieged garrison of ISIS insurgents that remains bogged down around the city centre and northern suburbs.
Footage released by Amaq Agency this weekend documented a series of brand new incendiary attacks by the US coalition. Such airstrikes have been reported repeatedly since clashes began over three months ago when the Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) began an assault on ISIS’ capital from three flanks:
While the use of the material is not specifically banned, it is covered by Protocol III of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons, which prohibits use of the substance as an incendiary weapon against civilian populations and in air attacks against military forces in civilian areas.
Raqqa is home to some 200,000 people, thousands of whom have died due to US airstrikes, street fighting and ISIS suicide bombings in recent months.
According to an Al-Masdar News expert, collateral damage caused by the ‘Euphrates Wrath’ military campaign has reached preposterous levels since Donald Trump took office, largely due to newly appointed US generals prioritizing military gains over minimizing civilian casualties in ISIS-held areas.
Thus far, the SDF has captured approximately 65% of the city and neutralized some 1,250 ISIS insurgents.