What consequences did the US napalm bombing in Vietnam leave? | News


On February 7, 1965, United States (US) released his first bombing with napalm about Vietnam. The consequences of that cruel attack have been marked in the history of the Asian country.

The bombing american with napalm burned down entire villages and forests extensive, with the purpose of depriving and neutralizing the enemy before any refuge during the Vietnam War.

This chemical weapon also caused serious burns to the civilian population, which was trapped by the US attack.

Kim Phuc was one of the victims of the use of napalm in Vietnam. | Photo: EFE

A story that traveled the world was the image of the Vietnamese girl Kim Phuc when she was running with her skin burned after a napalm bombing in her hometown. This image, as well as those of other children disfigured by the fire, showed the horrors that were being experienced in the clashes.


This substance is considered a chemical weapon, since it is made by a viscous gasoline. Organic acids (palmitic, naphthenic, among others) are usually added. It is highly flammable, burns for a long time and sticks to all surfaces.

The napalm caused severe burns to civilians and devastated

most of the vegetation of the Asian country. | Photo: EFE

The napalm it was prevented starting in 1980, when the United Nations Convention on the Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons and its associated Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use prohibited the use of incendiary weapons.

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