Russia Caught On Camera Dropping Deadly Chemicals On Civilians

Two months into its bombing campaign against Syria, Russia is now under fire for its collateral damage, with reports stating the country has been hurting more civilians than ISIS members. An airstrike on Sunday took the lives of at least thirty people at a marketplace, whereas one airstrike hit a post office and at least four other attacks targeted hospitals.

The airstrike campaign began on September 30, supporting Syria President Bashar Assad’s fight to maintain and expand the territory his regime still controls in Syria. While Russia claims the operation has targeted the extremists of ISIS, the majority of its strikes have actually fallen on areas controlled by mainstream rebel groups opposed to both President Assad and ISIS.

With Russia’s military intervention in Syria killing civilians at a high rate, the campaign has failed to produce a decisive shift in the larger civil war between President Assad and his opponents. The campaign shifted its focus against ISIS, following the attack in November on a Russian airliner over Egypt by an Islamic State affiliate.

Several reports claim that Russia has utilized deadly white phosphorous — a chemical weapon banned under the Geneva Convention for its highly toxic makeup that can burn through flesh and bone — in its attacks on Syria, dropping the chemicals on civilians in the process.

White phosphorus, also known as WP, is used by armies to illuminate targets at night, or as a smokescreen in daylight. Footage posted on Twitter shows the sky allegedly filled with the fatal weapon as it rains down on the de-facto capital of ISIS, Raqqa.

“We knew it was phosphorous because the entire sky lit up and when it settled, it set everything on fire,” claimed an Idlib-based activist, who added that two villages full of civilians that were at least forty miles from the nearest military posts had been targeted.

In light of the attacks, US President Barack Obama and Russia President Vladimir Putin had a brief meeting at the climate summit in Paris, which gave them an opportunity to discuss the Syria crisis. President Obama stressed on targeting ISIS militants in Syria instead of attacking rebel groups opposing President Assad.

“The two presidents discussed the imperative of making progress on the Vienna process to bring about a ceasefire and political resolution to the civil war in Syria,” said an official, referring to international talks in the Austrian capital on the Syria crisis.

Obama reportedly informed Putin that he believes Assad must leave power as part of a transition, and both leaders said their foreign ministers will continue to work on the diplomatic process.

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