Kurdish military and political leaders and health officials have accused Turkish forces of using internationally outlawed weapons in its offensive in the northern Syrian town of Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) and have asked for an international investigation.
“There are a lot of fears that prohibited weapons are being used in Sari Kani. Wounds we treat at the hospitals are not normal injuries at all,” Dr. Manal Mohammed, head of the Rojava Health Board, told Rudaw on Wednesday night.
“Our health board is currently investigating to find out what type of weapon is being used against us. Like I said, wounds we treat are not normal at all,” the doctor said.
Turkey has not commented on the alleged use of banned weapons, but Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish presidential spokesperson, accused people of levelling false allegations against Operation Peace Spring.
“Those who are smearing the Operation Peace Spring are those who are frustrated, angry and funny for losing positions in Syria,” Kalin told a press conference in Ankara late Wednesday.
A number of cases of burns arrived at the People’s Hospital in the city of al-Hasakah. “Every day we receive dozens of people injured in the attack. The Turkish occupation state uses all kinds of heavy weapons, because many cases are serious,” said doctor Fares Hammu.
“The type of casualties in civilian casualties is [due to] fragments, but today there are some burns so far. We do not know the cause and how the burning took place. We expect the Turkish state to use internationally prohibited weapons such as chemical weapons.” he said.
Spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mustafa Bali tweeted “we suspect that unconventional weapons are used against SDF fighters” in Sari Kani.
He appealed for an international investigation, saying the local teams on the ground lack the expert knowledge and the foreign specialists and humanitarian aid groups have withdrawn from northern Syria.
Aldar Khalil, an executive board member of northern Syria’s ruling Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), told Sterk TV on Wednesday that medical examinations “confirm claims that Turkey is using banned weapons containing phosphorus and napalm.”
White phosphorous is commonly used to create smoke screens or as an incendiary weapon. Its use is controversial and is prohibited in areas where civilians are located.
sources: rudaw.net, ANHA