HPG: Turkey used phosphorus bombs in guerrilla areas in South Kurdistan

HPG accused the Turkish army of dropping phosphorus bombs on guerrilla areas in Zap, southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

According to the People's Defense Forces (HPG), Turkey has shelled the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with phosphorus bombs. This was reported by the press office of the guerrilla organisation in Behdinan on Monday. According to the statement, the target of the attacks on Sunday was the defense positions in the guerrilla area of Şikefta Birîndara. According to the HPG, the firebombs were a reaction to resistance actions of guerrillas against the Turkish invasion in the southern part of Kurdistan. It is not clear from the statement whether fighters or civilians were harmed by these attacks.

Incendiary bombs with phosphorus ignite on contact with oxygen and cause devastating damage. Although their use is banned, Turkey nevertheless uses them - as was demonstrably the case in Serêkaniyê (ar. Ras al-Ain) in northern Syria in October 2019. As the HPG explained about the use in Zap, the phosphorus attacks were combined with explosive attacks. The Cûdî, Şehîd Pîrdoğan, FM and Hekarî hills were also attacked at around the same time. At least twenty impacts were recorded by the HPG during the midday hours. According to the statement, the smoke of the agent used was grey in colour and smelled like detergent.

Before yesterday's attacks in the Zap, the guerrillas successfully struck the occupying forces in Southern Kurdistan several times. In Şikefta Birîndara, a soldier was killed by a sniper action, at Girê Şehîd Axîn in the Xakurke region, the Free Women's Troops (YJA Star) struck the invaders with heavy weapons. In the process, a military position was completely destroyed and the death of two occupants was recorded. Another soldier was shot dead at the nearby Girê Şehîd Şahan.

In Metîna, guerrilla sniper units also targeted enemy troops. First, a soldier was fatally shot on the grounds of the Turkish military base in Kanî Masî. A second soldier was killed at Girê Cûdî by a well-aimed shot from a sniper rifle. On Monday morning, two soldiers were killed by snipers in Girê Amêdî and Girê FM.

The HPG also pointed out that the Turkish Air Force carried out at least nine waves of attacks against areas in Zap and Gare on Sunday. These bombardments were supported by heavy artillery fire from outposts on the Turkish side of the border.