US-led coalition uses white phosphorus bombs against Syrian city: Damascus
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja’afari says the so-called international coalition led by the United States has once again used white phosphorus bombs against Hajin city in Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, the Syrian senior diplomat further condemned the use of banned weapon by the US-led coalition against the small city.
His comments came a few hours after Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported that earlier in the day, the so-called coalition had shelled several localities in Hajin, some 110 kilometers east of Dayr al-Zawr, with white phosphorus munitions that can maim and kill by burning to the bone.
On October 13, SANA also reported that the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, dropped internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs on Hajin.
On September 8, two F-15 warplanes of the US Air Force targeted the same Syrian city with white phosphorous bombs.
In June last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the US-led coalition was deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.
The US-led coalition fighter jets have reportedly targeted a small city in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr with white phosphorus bombs.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ja’afari added that terrorists in Idlib had fired at least 40 rockets at Aleppo city, with no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.
Ja’afari also said that Syria believed in the neutral, independent, and non-politicized role of the world body in assisting the Syrians affected by terrorism and militancy, stressing that this role must respect “Syria’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.”
Since 2014, the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for more than 1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq.
The senior Syrian diplomat further stated that Damascus had approved sending an aid convoy to al-Rukban camp by the UN, but the US forces were hindering the delivery of desperately-needed aid to the camp.
He also said that the so-called “cross-border aid,” mentioned in a recent report on the “humanitarian situation” in Syria, did not reach those who need it but rather “went to terrorists.”
Ja’afari also asserted that Damascus made preparations to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians to their home country, and that the Syrian army troops would keep on fighting against terrorism until Syria, in its entirety, is cleared of “terrorism and any illegal foreign presence.”
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.