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Tags: ML | Islamic State

Rights Group Criticizes Use of White Phosphorous against IS

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 03:42 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch says the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq is endangering civilians by using artillery-delivered white phosphorous.

Steve Goose, the arms director for the New-York-based rights group, says in a statement Wednesday that "no matter how white phosphorus" is used, it poses "a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm" in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul.

HRW, citing research and media reports, refers to several incidents in Raqqa and Mosul where artillery-fired white phosphorous was used but could not determine if there were casualties. The group says the rationale for the use of the weapon is unclear as the U.S.-led coalition doesn't comment on specific incidents.

White phosphorous is designed to illuminate battlefields at night, but can cause severe and lasting burns.

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Human Rights Watch says the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq is endangering civilians by using artillery-delivered white phosphorous.Steve Goose, the arms director for the New-York-based rights group, says in a statement Wednesday that...
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