SULAIMANI – A group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Tuesday (April 27) accused Turkey of using chemical weapons during military incursions into the Kurdistan Region.
Chemical weapons have been used by Turkey three times in bomb attacks against Duhok’s Amedi district, British daily newspaper Morning Star reported citing Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) spokesman Zagros Hiwa.
Turkey has recently intensified shelling and aerial bombardment of suspected PKK positions in the Kurdistan Region deploying troops to several border areas.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured by Turkey’s random strikes and bombardment in past years.
“They used chemical weapons in the Mamresho hills overlooking Basyan river, and Marvanos hills overlooking the Avashin river,” Hiwa was quoted by Morning Star as saying.
Turkey has a long history of using chemical weapons against Kurds. In 2017 five people were killed and eight others were injured in a Turkish chemical weapons attack on Makhmour refugee camp 50 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the Kurdistan Region’s capital.
In the 1930s, former Turkish President, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dropped gas on Kurds in Dersim during the uprising there.
On Monday, electricity went out in over 70 villages in the district due to clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army.