Syria - How Incendiary Weapons Work

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Syrian forces have dropped incendiary bombs similar to napalm on rebels in populated areas, US officials and Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Incendiary weapons such as napalm and white phosphorus are designed to cause maximum fire damage to flammable materials and kill by causing severe burns or respiratory damage. Protocol III of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons includes restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons on civilians. Syria has not signed the convention.

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