17 Kurdish guerrillas killed by Turkish chemical weapons

During the six-month war between 14 April and 14 October 2022, the Turkish army used banned bombs and chemical weapons 2467 times.

The People’s Defense Centre (HSM) Headquarters Command published the names of 17 guerrillas who were killed at different times in Turkish chemical weapons attacks in southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq).

The People’s Defense Centre (HSM) published the names of 17 guerrillas killed in Turkey’s chemical weapons attacks and accuses the international community of being responsible for the expansion of Turkey’s chemical weapons operations.

The People’s Defense Centre (HSM) Headquarters Command published the names of 17 guerrillas who were killed at different times in Turkish chemical weapons attacks in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

The statement published by HSM Headquarters Command on Tuesday includes the following:

“The Turkish special war regime under the leadership of the AKP/MHP government is disregarding the international law of war in its invasion of South Kurdistan. It is committing the most terrible state terrorism against our people, against innocent people and civilians and all forces fighting for freedom. The regime used and continues to use internationally outlawed bombs and chemical weapons and poison gas in Zap, Avaşîn and Metîna areas. This attack began in February 2021 in Gare/Siyanê. In the areas of Siyanê in Gare, Zendûra in Metîna, Mamreşo in Avaşîn, Girê Sor, Aris Faris, Girê Kartal and Werxelê, the Turkish army carried out 367 attacks with internationally outlawed explosive and chemical weapons in 2021, killing 46 of our comrades. Although the Turkish state’s violations of international law and offences against humanity fall within the scope of war crimes, the relevant international institutions have turned a blind eye and continue to do so. The Turkish state is committing all kinds of crimes against humanity against our guerrilla forces who are exercising their right to legitimate self-defence within the framework of the legitimate, humanitarian and democratic rights of the Kurdish people. These attacks are carried out with the support of NATO. Encouraged by the benevolent silence of the international organisations, the AKP/MHP regime has developed a new concept for the invasion of South Kurdistan for the year 2022. This concept is completely based on the use of banned bombs and chemical weapons.

The delegations that came to the region to investigate and analyse the use of prohibited weapons were prevented from doing so by the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) forces that control the region.

Although the Turkish army has used banned bombs and chemical weapons sporadically at various places and times in the past, this practice became systematic in 2021 and especially in 2022. During the six-month war between 14 April and 14 October 2022, the Turkish army used banned bombs and chemical weapons 2467 times. The identities of 27 comrades killed in these attacks have already been revealed in previous statements. Recently, 17 more of our commanders and companions have been killed by the same weapons.

“TURKISH ARMY USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS INTENSIVELY”

The delegations that came to the region to investigate and analyse the use of prohibited weapons were prevented from doing so by the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) forces that control the region. One of these delegations travelled as far as the town of Amêdî, five kilometres from where these weapons were used, but was not allowed to investigate. However, under the most difficult war conditions and bombardments, our forces presented many documents and images proving the war crimes of the Turkish army to the public. However, these documents are only fragmentary. Nevertheless, the democratic public was not attentive and sensitive enough, and the relevant institutions did not speak out and did not raise a strong objection. The AKP/MHP special war government has drawn strength from this and is using banned bombs and chemical weapons far more intensively, especially in the last few months. This is because it is unable to achieve results in the war against the guerrillas and is stuck.

“TACTICAL NUCLEAR BOMBS, THERMOBARIC BOMBS AND PHOSPHORUS BOMBS”

In addition to gases of varying toxicity, the Turkish army has been shown to have used various types of banned bombs. The Turkish army uses tactical nuclear weapons in combination with poison gas to destroy tunnel systems and contaminate narrow areas. These bombs are not nuclear weapons that emit radiation over a large area, but banned explosive devices that unleash their destructive power by releasing high pressure and heat, killing in a narrow area. Thermobaric bombs and phosphorus bombs also have similar properties when used. If the investigation delegations are not prevented from travelling to the battlefield and security is provided, it will be found that the Turkish state has used banned weapons. As the People’s Defense Forces, we clearly state that we will support all delegations that come with this aim within our means.

The Turkish army continues to commit these war crimes in the areas of Şikefta Birîndara, Karker, Werxelê, Girê Hakkarî, Girê FM, Girê Cûdî, Girê Amediyê and the villages of Sîda and Çemço, where resistance continues.

In the last few days, nine of our comrades were killed in the Şikefta Birîndara area in the Zap region, five in the Karker area and three in the Werxelê area in Avaşîn in the attacks with banned bombs and chemical weapons. Among these friends is comrade Baz (Mehmet Can Evren). His death had already been announced, but the reason for his death had been presented differently, as a precaution, so as not to show that the weapon used by the enemy was effective.

The Turkish army continues to commit these war crimes in the areas of Şikefta Birîndara, Karker, Werxelê, Girê Hakkarî, Girê FM, Girê Cûdî, Girê Amediyê and the villages of Sîda and Çemço, where resistance continues. It is also evident that the AKP/MHP regime and the Turkish army will commit more of these cruel crimes if there is no deterrent response.

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This news first published by Firat News Agency ANF.

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