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Syria regime, Russia bombs Hama with white phosphorous

Smoke rises after Assad Regime forces carried out an airstrike over a market in Idlib, Syria on December 4 2016 [Bilal Baioush /Anadolu Agency]
Smoke rises after Assad Regime forces carried out an airstrike over a market in Idlib, Syria on December 4 2016 [Bilal Baioush /Anadolu Agency]

Covered by Russian aerial support, Syrian regime forces have continued striking wide areas in the northern countryside of Hama with internationally-banned weapons, Egyptian news site Mugtama reported on Friday.

Reporting statements and reports by Syrian activists, including the Hama Media Centre, the Syrian regime launched more than 200 rockets and 70 airstrikes on the northern Hama countryside on Wednesday and Thursday.

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The Hama Media Centre noted that the towns of Taybet Alimam, Halfaya and Kafarzeita were mainly affected, claiming that these areas were hit with white phosphorous, cluster bombs and napalm.

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported: "The regime forces in cooperation with Russia launched attacks on the northern countryside of Hama."

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed noted that the aim of these continuous attacks might be to reach to Khan Sheikhoun in the southern countryside of Hama in order to conceal the signs of the recent chemical attack that drew a US response of 59 cruise missiles.

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Since 4 April when the chemical attacks were carried out, the Syrian regime forces, supported by Russian planes, have been escalating their attacks against the opposition.

According to observers affiliated to the opposition, the northern Hama countryside has been exposed to more than 3,000 vacuum and white phosphorous bombs since the day of the chemical attack, noting that this was an "unprecedented" escalation.

Image of Syrian child receiving treatment after the Assad regime carried out a chemical attack in Idlib, Syria on 4 April 2017

Syrian child receiving treatment after the Assad regime carried out a chemical attack in Idlib, Syria on 4 April 2017

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