Raqqa – A video released by the Islamic State-owned Amaq website showed aerial bombing, using white phosphorus munitions, which was claimed to be carried out by the US-led international coalition on the Syrian City of Raqqa.
13 persons were killed, while others were wounded in air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, late on Thursday, using rockets and white phosphorus munitions, on al-Nour Street, west of the city of Raqqa, Qasioun News reported on Saturday.
The media outlet revealed that warplanes belonging to the US-led international coalition showered the city of Raqqa with white phosphorus, leaving more than 13 casualties, while added that the warplanes also bombarded an internet café in al-Jazra neighborhood, killing 18 persons.
Furthermore, coalition aircraft conducted more than ten air strikes, including five using white phosphorus, on the neighborhoods of al-Batani, al-Romaniyah and al-Qadisiyah, west of the city.
The often-controversial munitions are common in western militaries and are used primarily to create smoke screens, though they can also be dropped as an incendiary weapon. When a white phosphorus shell explodes, the chemical inside reacts with the air, creating a thick white cloud. When it comes in contact with flesh, it can maim and kill by burning to the bone, Washington Post reported.