The TASS and RIA news agency reported that Russia’s military said on Sunday September 9th that two US F-15 fighter jets dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria’s Deir al-Zor province on Saturday September 8th.
The chief of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties, Vladimir Savchenko, said on September 9th, “On September 8, 2018, two F-15 warplanes of the US air force delivered airstrikes on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs. The airstrikes caused heavy fires. Information about casualties and damages is being verified.”
Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman denied that US planes had dropped phosphorus bombs. The Commander, Sean Robertson, claimed, “At this time, we have not received any reports of any use of white phosphorous. None of the military units in the area are even equipped with white phosphorous munitions of any kind.”
The Russian reconciliations centre warned that the use of munitions containing yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva Convention of 1949.