Footage proves Turkish use of chemical weapons in northern Syria

The Turkish state is reported to have used prohibited weapons in its incursion to invade northern Syria.

The Turkish invasion army and allied mercenaries have been confronted by an epic resistance in the Serekaniye city during the 9 days of Turkey’s military offensive seeking to invade North and East Syria.

Unable to break through the resistance, the occupation forces have carried out violent attacks that mainly targeted the civilian population. The authorities in the region denounced use of prohibited weapons by the Turkish army in its indiscriminate attacks.

The Rojava based Hawar News Agency (ANHA) has published footage from the Weteni Hospital in Heseke city where civilians wounded by the attacks in Serekaniye are treated.

The footage shows civilians with injuries apparently caused by white phosphorus, providing proof of the use of unconventional weapons by the Turkish army.

In the meantime, UN chemical weapons inspectors have announced they are gathering information following accusations that burning white phosphorus was used by Turkish forces against civilians in the region.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Friday morning that “it was aware of the situation and is collecting information with regard to possible use of chemical weapons”.

The Kurdish Red Crescent said in a statement that six patients were in hospital in Heseke with burns from “unknown weapons” and it was working to evaluate what had been used.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commander of the UK’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear regiment, said: “The most likely culprit is white phosphorus. It is a horrific weapon, and has been used repeatedly during the Syrian civil war; unfortunately its use has become increasingly normalised.”