Russian and Syrian jets attacked parts of Idlib, Syria yesterday night (07 Aug 2016) with what appears to be incendiary munitions, possibly white phosphorus.
Protocol III of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons prohibits use of the substance as an incendiary weapon against civilian populations and in air attacks against military forces in civilian areas.
Both pro opposition media and pro Russian media reported the attack, Russian backed media arm Sputnik News reported that the airstrikes targeted Jaish Fateh al Sham fighters (formerly Jabhat al Nusrah) and affiliated fundamentalist Islamic groups. Pro opposition activists reported that the attack hit a densely populated civilian area.
Pro Russian Sputnik News article quote:
‘Strikes in the city of Aleppo in the bid to degrade and destroy the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, however, paled in comparison to Sunday night’s strikes in the city of Idlib that have produced shocking images of multiple burning buildings struck by what appear to be incendiary bombs in a bid to root out al-Nusra rebels and recapture the balance in the fight to stabilize Syria.’
- Sputnik News article (08 Aug 2016) – Syria, Russia Engage in Major Bombing of al-Nusra Front Stronghold Near Aleppo:
Pro opposition White Helmets Twitter account:
Opposition media arm RFS article quote:
‘Our correspondent confirmed that 10 civilians were injured after midnight in Idlib from a series of airstrikes with phosphorus bombs on the industrial area, Haroon al Rasheed school, Al Arbaeen Street, Shuaib Mosque, the higher education building, and the university administration department in the city, where the civil defense provided first-aid to the injured and worked on putting fires down.’
- RFS (Revolutionary Forces of Syria) Media Office article (08 Aug 2016) – Humanitarian crises in Idlib while phosphorus and cluster bombs hit Idlib city and countryside:
Youtube video footage following the attack: