New images show Russia bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa — Daesh’s self-proclaimed capital — with deadly white phosphorus that kills by poisoning and burning its victims.
The images posted by Twitter user Moonnor27 whose bio reads she “helps innocent civilians” depict a stream of white blaze raining down on the heavily civilian populated area. The pictures have yet to be verified.
Use of white phosphorus is illegal under international law in densely populated regions or when intentionally targeting troops because the highly toxic substance can burn through skin and bone.
Citizen journalist collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported “that air strikes targeted Raqqa today (Sunday) with phosphorus."
On November 12, a number of journalists reported that Russia bombed the opposition-controlled city of Idlib with phosphorous.
Pictures and video footage posted on Twitter by Julian Roepke, a correspondent for Germany's Bild newspaper, purported to show these devastating attacks occur.
Witness told The Times that scores of civilians were injured.
If the allegations are true, then Russia is so vindictively set on getting even with Turkey and determined to crush Daesh without bringing down Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as well that they are absent-mindedly and gruesomely hurting the ones who need the most help in this crisis.