Damascus accuses U.S. of firing white phosphorus munitions in eastern Syria

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-02 21:27:45|Editor: xuxin
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DAMASCUS, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-led coalition on Saturday fired white phosphorus munitions on an Islamic State (IS)-held area in eastern Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

The shelling targeted the farmlands of the town of Baghouz, the last IS-held area in the eastern Euphrates River region in eastern Deir al-Zour province.

The report spelled no details on losses.

A day earlier, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started its last push against remnants of IS militants in the Baghouz area, the SDF spokesman said.

After securing the evacuation of civilians and kidnapped SDF fighters, the SDF launched the final push against the IS-held area in the town of Baghouz in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province, said Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman.

He said only terrorists are remaining in Baghouz.

The SDF fighters had been waiting for the civilians to fully evacuate Baghouz to launch the final stage of battle to eliminate IS completely from the few areas they control in farmlands of Baghouz.

The U.S.-led coalition has been backing the SDF in their push against IS in that area since September of last year.

The Syrian government repeatedly accused the U.S.-led coalition of targeting civilians in their fight against IS, calling on the international community to dissolve the U.S.-led coalition in Syria.