The central executive board of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) released a statement regarding allegations of chemical weapons use by Turkey against Kurdish guerrillas on the territory of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government since 2021.
On Wednesday, the People’s Defence Forces (HPG) released video footage showing two guerrillas suffering severe symptoms reportedly after a Turkish chemical weapons attack.
The footage, published on the ANF news site, reinforces claims that Turkey uses chemical weapons in its military operations against Kurdish guerrillas.
“These developments cause anxiety among the region’s people and open the door to possible massacres,” HDP states.
The HDP also noted in the statement that using chemicals is against the Geneva Convention and is a war crime.
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“We invite the relevant international institutions and the public, especially the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, to work more effectively,” HDP says.
HDP also calls the Kurdistan Regional Government to investigate the allegations seriously.