The People’s Defence Forces (HPG) have alleged that chemical gas weapons were used by Turkey’s military forces during its Gare (Garê) operations in Siyanê camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, where thirteen Turkish soldiers and personnel were held as prisoners by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The HPG Press Centre stated that ”due to chemical gas, they could not enter the camp”. It stated that chemical gas was used against the prisoners in the camp in Siyanê in Gare, and it was possible that the Turkish army “killed their prisoners first with chemicals and then came and shot them”.
The HPG statement provided its assessment of the current situation in the region: ”After the Turkish military defeat, it still continues with its air strikes against the Medya Defense Zones in northern Iraq and especially the Gare region. These ongoing air strikes postpone the clarification of the results of their attacks”.
The use of chemical weapons is regarded as an activity that falls within the scope of war crimes.