Over 1600 Terrorists 'Neutralised' By Turkey In Syria
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 4:19
On Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights released a report accusing Turkish forces of a chemical weapon attack in Afrin. Turkey has never used chemical weapons.
Jiwan Mohammed, a doctor at Afrin's main hospital, said the facility was treating six people who had been poisoned, who arrived on Friday night from the village of Arandi after it was attacked by Turkish troops.
Local doctors and Syria's state-run SANA news agency reported on Saturday that six civilians had trouble breathing after inhaling poison gas following a Turkish assault on Afrin.
"We are aware of the reports but we can not confirm them", said the White House official, who wished to remain anonymous, referring to recent claims of the use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military.
"The Afrin operation, and the Syrian war in general, have become a war of propaganda".
He said Turkey took the utmost care to protect civilians in the military operation, while the YPG was using civilians as "human shields" in areas under its control.More news: Martin Schulz: I won't be German foreign minister
From the beginning of Turkey's counter-terrorist operation in Afrin, "We saw suppression from the PYD/PKK terrorist organization", Abdullah said, adding: "We refused to fight, and fled Jindires".
In a separate statement on Saturday, the Turkish army said one soldier was killed in the Afrin operation on Saturday, bringing the overall military death toll to 32 since the start of the campaign.
The shelling took place in Northern Syria, near the Turkish border.
The Turkish embassy in Russian Federation has dismissed reports that its troops used some toxic agent in its Operation Olive Branch conducted in Syria's Afrin as "groundless accusations".
Turkey considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), active in Syria, and its armed wing YPG, to be "terrorist groups" with ties to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The US support for SDF has infuriated Turkey and created the ongoing diplomatic crisis between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.