Assad regime hit Idlib with phosphorus bombs

The Syrian regime and its Russian allies targeted the Idlib and Hama provinces with incendiary bombs days after a deadly chemical attack in the area, activists reported on Monday.
Russian warplanes dropped bombs containing an incendiary substance called thermite in attacks on the towns of Saraqeb in Idlib and al-Latamenah in Hama over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters. A rescue worker with the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said he had not heard of the use of thermite, but said the Assad regime and ally warplanes often dropped phosphorus munitions. Neither Russia nor the Syrian regime commented on the incidents.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian government first used thermite in the Syrian conflict in June 2016. Incendiary munitions are designed to be hard to extinguish and contain a highly explosive blast which has a devastating effect in civilian areas.
On Sunday, videos emerged on social media from Saraqeb showing highly flammable materials hitting the ground. The incendiary bombings came days after Washington carried out its first military action against Bashar al-Assad’s government since the start of Syria’s six-year war.

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