The press centre of the People’s Defence Forces (HPG) stated that Turkish forces used phosphorus bombs in northern Iraq in what Turkey claimed were military operations against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions, ANF reported.
“The Turkish army targeted out positions in the Çemço region and Sîda village 23 times with banned phosphorus bombs,” said the HPG, the PKK’s military wing, on Tuesday.
The same positions of guerrillas were attacked 17 times with howitzers, tanks and heavy weapons on the same day, according to ANF citing the HPG statement.
Meanwhile, Rojava Network reported that an unknown drone crashed in Amêdî, Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
HPG is currently observing a ceasefire with Turkish troops, in compliance with Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council co-chair Cemil Bayık’s call on 9 February due to the devastating twin earthquakes that hit southeastern Turkey and northern Syria three days before.
“We respect people and human life. That’s why we don’t want to inflict pain upon pain,” Bayık said in his declaration. “Again, we decided not to take action unless the Turkish state comes against us and attacks us.”