Earlier on Thursday, Moscow confirmed that the US-led international coalition in Syria has again carried out attacks east of the Euphrates River in Syria and that it is also using white phosphorus munitions.
US-led coalition air strikes hit Bu-Badran village in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor and resulted in the deaths of 17 civilians on Thursday, the SANA news agency reported, citing local sources.
“17 civilians were killed by air strikes conducted by the international coalition reaching Bu-Badran in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor,” the agency said.
Earlier, the SANA agency also stated that the coalition has carried out numerous attacks on other cities in the province, including using banned substance, white phosphorus. These attacks led to several deaths, the agency said.
The coalition spokesman said the coalition would investigate the cases. However he denied the use of white phosphorus. This is not the first time that the coalition denies the use of this type of ammunition, which was banned in 1977 in the first additional protocol of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
The coalition began a campaign of air strikes in Syria in 2014, following operations at its bases in eastern and southern Syria. The Syrian government condemned the activities of the coalition, emphasizing that they were not authorized by the Syrian government or by the UN Security Council.
Damascus also accuses Washington of conducting a false war against the jihadists, highlighting numerous allegations that the US is assisting terrorists and interfering with Syrian Army operations aimed at attacking Daesh [ISIS] and other terrorist groups operating in Syria.
Syria comprises a key part of the Axis of Resistance, a coalition between Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, and is the only credible threat to the existence of Israel as all other Arab neighbors have cordial ties with the Zionist entity, whether it be in public or behind closed doors.