white phosphorus


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white phosphorus

[′wīt ′fä·sfə·rəs]
(chemistry)
The element phosphorus in its allotropic form, a soft, waxy, poisonous solid melting at 44.5°C; soluble in carbon disulfide, insoluble in water and alcohol; self-igniting in air. Also known as yellow phosphorus.
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The use of white phosphorus is not prohibited under international law, but the indiscriminate use of any weapon in an area crowded with civilians could be used as the basis to make war crimes charges, legal experts have said.
White phosphorus, however, is also used for smoke screens and signals, which are not banned under the Convention.
International law does not ban the use of white phosphorus used to create smoke screens to cover troop movements or illuminate targets, but human rights groups have said that its use could be illegal in civilian areas if "all feasible precautions" were not taken.
On June 9, 2017, the US-led coalition acknowledged using the internationally banned white phosphorus munitions in its strikes in Raqqa.
US military officials have not denied using white phosphorus in the city.
He took time during the interview to address the use of white phosphorus as a killstreak bonus.
Local sources in Deir Ezzor told SANA reporter that warplanes of the US-led coalition fired white phosphorus bombs at al-Baghouz farms which extends on the Syrian-Iraqi borders with white phosphorous bombs as a number of people were martyred, mostly women and children and others were injured.
Iraqis said US troops used white phosphorus shells - an incendiary weapon that can burn victims and choke them with thick white smoke.
The 71-page report 'Rain of Fire: Israel's Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza' by Human Rights Watch, discloses that Israeli security forces frequently use white phosphorus in 155mm artillery shells to fire airbursts in and near populated areas.
The stone was actually white phosphorus, which had reacted
And if gruesome deaths and international standards are a concern, shouldn't America be attacked because it used white phosphorus shells on heavily populated areas when it attacked Fallujah in the Iraq War, which is against international law?