The types of weaponry and bombs the Assad regime is being supplied with are mostly internationally prohibited weapons, including nail bombs, cluster bombs, and now phosphoric bombs, reportedly used for the first time yesterday, 6/12/2012, on Deir Al Zor’s suburbs.
Some of the types of the cluster bombs used are RBK-250, which are Soviet-made cluster bombs that Russia has been aiding Assad regime with. Helicopters have been dropping these cluster bombs on heavily-populated areas for the past 6 months or so, killing and injuring much civilians along. First footage of such usage emerged from Daraa, as seen in here back in July, where women were heard screaming as the new type of bomb was dropped by the helicopter that was hovering above, causing a huge explosion of smoke and shrapnel. When these bombs explode, they release tens, sometimes hundreds of smaller bomb-lets that scatter in an area the size of a football field. Not all of them explode at once, as reported in Human Rights Watch’s report; some of the smaller bombs stay intact and are very dangerous as they remain active for weeks, months, sometimes years and could explode abruptly in civilian areas where they have been dropped.
Apparently, cluster bombs do not cause the damage the atrocious Assad regime is willing to afflict onto civilian populations and Free Syrian Army soldiers. Yesterday, and reportedly for the first time, helicopters hovered over Deir Al Zor’s suburbs and dropped phosphoric bombs over Mra’eyyah town, similar to those Israeli warplanes used over Gaza in Operation Cast Lead war in 2009-2010. Here, photos show the white phosphorus bombs dropped by the Israeli warplanes over Gaza; they explode in air in what looks like spirals similar to fireworks. The same bombs were used over Deir Al Zor since activists reassured that after they began comparing the footage Syrian activists released to the photos taken in Gaza back in OCL war.
White phosphorus is known for causing very deep burns into the skin and muscles of the victims exposed to it. Doctors who were treating civilians wounded by the white phosphorus found that when they remove bandages applied to a wound that still contained fragments of white phosphorous, smoke would come from the wound since the chemical continues to burn as long as it is in contact with oxygen. Several patients died as a result. The substance is also highly toxic. The injuries and burns caused by phosphorus range between medium and severe as shown in the photos below, depending on where the civilian was when the phosphorus bomb was dropped: the closer, the more exposure to phosphorus, the deeper and more dangerous the wounds are.
More photos of injuries caused by white phosphorus in Gaza ’09 war could be found on this link: http://nevercastleadagain.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/the-wounded/
The extreme scarcity of medical supplies and medics due to the ongoing military campaigns and siege imposed on most of the cities and suburbs across Syria blatantly foreshadows an utter tragedy and for-life maims and mutilation caused to civilians who will be subjected to phosphorus bombs dropped by the regime’s warplanes and helicopters on residential areas.
Obama continues to act with complete ignorance to all the internationally-prohibited bombs the atrocious Assad regime is using but reiterates his “bold red lines” that must not be crossed: the usage of chemical weapons. But, up until now, the 45,000 Syrian martyrs who fell and the hundreds of thousands injured by the ongoing military campaigns the Assad regime is waging across Syria using all types of weapons, including the internationally prohibited ones aforementioned and many more, is as within Obama’s red lines.