Evidence Suggests That Turkey Is Using Chemical Weapons Against The Kurds
Despite the ban of white phosphorus for use on civilian targets by the Geneva and Chemical Weapons Conventions, Turkish forces have been accused of using the chemical weapon in their military offensive in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, according to The Times of London.
Mohammed Hamid Mohammed, aged 13, was brought into the Syrian-Kurdish hospital at Tal Tamir after Turkish airstrikes reduced the city of Ras al-Ain to fire and ash on Wednesday.
Burnt from his throat to his waist by a weapon that produced so much heat that it fused the fingers of his left hand together, his cries reduced the hardened medical staff to silence yesterday.
After examining photographs of the child’s burns, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a British chemical weapons expert, confirmed that they were caused by white phosphorus.
“In 24 hours I have been shown more photographs of these kinds of burns than at any recent stage in Syria’s war. White phosphorus is a horrific weapon, which can be delivered by aircraft or artillery. It reacts to the moisture in the skin in a way that intensifies its burning, so that water cannot put it out,” he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his attempt to seize territory along his border with Syria has caused a humanitarian disaster that the UN says has already caused hundreds of casualties and displaced more than 165,000 people, among them 70,000 children.
“Human rights organizations should be here to see what is happening and investigate the weapons being used on civilians,” said Hassan Amin, the hospital director in Tal Tamir. Their 30-bed facility has received more than 550 wounded civilians, most from Ras al-Ain, since the Turkish invasion began last week.
“Just 2 percent of those we treat have been shot. The rest are injured by airstrikes or artillery. Some burns patients are so badly injured as to be barely recognizable. But there are no international aid organizations to witness this. They gave us their promises -- then left us.”