first published on June 26, 2016 by Will
Russia continues to use thermite based incendiary munitions on rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria even though they are a signatory of the 2001 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which prohibits the use of incendiary munitions to injure or kill human targets. Even Russia’s own state-run RT news network accidentally featured videos showing the use of such weapons. RT removed the videos after international outcry.
Russia has yet to acknowledge the use of such weapons, and even if they did admit to it, they would be able to sidestep the legal implications by saying they were using the incendiary weaponry to deny the enemy usable terrain, rather than directly engaging them. Tens of thousands of civilians are still currently residing in these areas being hit.