Russian warplanes attack Aleppo with chemical bombs
Syrian rebels lay claim to a patchwork of Sunni Arab neighborhoods dotted across the north, south and east of Aleppo. (AFP/file)
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Russian fighter jets attacked opposition-held areas in the Syrian Aleppo province with phosphorous bombs on Tuesday night, according to local sources.
Assen Sabbagh, a local media activist based in Aleppo, told Anadolu Agency the villages of Kafr Hamra, Anadan and Hraytan had been struck by phosphorous bombs.
White phosphorus is a chemical substance used in shells and grenades. Weapons experts warn it can cause painful and fatal burn damages. Russian troops reportedly used the chemical in the 1994 battle of Grozny in Chechnya.
“Bombs have poured down on us for two days, the only consultation is that, no one has been killed under attacks,” said Sabbagh.
“Due to heavy attacks thousands of residents had to move out to secure places,” he added.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the regime of Bashar al-Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protests.
According to the Syrian Center for Policy Research, at least 470,000 Syrians have died in the five-year conflict.
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