Turkey denies use of chemical weapons in Syria's Afrin
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 4:20
Responding to claims that six men were treated for symptoms in line with exposure to toxic gas after a shelling offensive on Friday, a Turkish diplomatic source said Turkey had "never used" chemical weapons in Syria and accusations that it had done so during its offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia were "baseless".
Turkey has denied the allegations that it used chemical weapons in its operation against the Kurdish fighters in Afrin city of Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday released a report accusing Turkish forces of a chemical weapons attack in Afrin.
Syrian Kurdish news outlets and state-run news agency SANA also reported the alleged attack on the village of Sheikh Hadid in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in the country's northwest.
The adviser said Turkey's rivals are using propaganda to make up for their losses in the war.
Doctors in Syria spoke to several local and worldwide news outlets, claiming they had to treat six civilians after a Turkish shelling in Syria's Afrin region.
The PYD/YPG has come to control large swaths of northern Syria, including Afrin, in the course of the Syrian war, particularly through fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in an US-backed umbrella organisation named Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
A Kurdish political official familiar with the deal on Afrin said on Sunday that it was possible Russian Federation would object to the agreement as complicating its own diplomatic efforts with Turkey.
The Turkish military repeated in a weekly statement published on Saturday that it does not use internationally "banned ammunition" in its Afrin operation and said "the Turkish Armed Forces does not keep such ammunition in its inventory".
According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The US support for SDF has infuriated Turkey and created the ongoing diplomatic crisis between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.