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Syria: U.S. Reportedly Fires White Phosphorus in Raqqa

HeadlineSep 11, 2017

In Syria, the local journalistic group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently reports the U.S.-led coalition fired white phosphorus into Raqqa on Friday. White phosphorus munitions can burn human flesh down to the bone, and wounds contaminated by the chemical can reignite up to days later, poisoning victims and leading to organ failure or death. The group also reports that U.S.-led coalition warplanes have bombed at least 25 mosques since the battle to seize Raqqa from ISIS began in June. Meanwhile, in more news on Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Russian airstrikes near the city of Deir ez-Zor killed at least 34 civilians, including nine children, on Sunday.

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