Iraqi Parliamentarian Jawad Al-Bolani has stated that Turkey used chemical weapons during its attacks against Kurdish fighters in the regions of Zap, Avashîn and Metina in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), reported Mezopotamya News Agency.
“According to the special reports of the security units, the Turkish state used chemical weapons in the attacks,” said Al-Bolani.
Stating that the use of chemical weapons during warfare is a violation of international law, Iraqi MP Jawad Al-Bolani said that the Iraqi parliament will hold a meeting with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on November 22, and the attacks of the Turkish state will be discussed at the meeting, Yeni Yaşam Newspaper reports.
Iraqi Fatah Alliance MP Rafiq al-Salihi earlier said, “The committee consists of a specialist from the Ministry of Defence, the Iraqi parliament’s committee of Security, and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and when the investigation is complete, the committee will submit a report to the Security Council.”
The allegations on the use of chemical weapons by the Turkish state stem from the People’s Defence Forces (HPG), the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who released a video in mid-October showing two Kurdish fighters having seizures and delirious, reportedly under the influence of banned chemicals.
A delegation, consisting of former biological weapons inspector Jan van Aken, member of the scientific advisory board of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) came with the blessing of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to investigate the historic use of chemical weapons against Kurds by Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Although IPPNW shared a report proving that Turkey used chemical weapons, Van Aken had said the Iraqi Federal Government “never gave permission to Turkey to have military operations in Northern Iraq. That is why the whole operation violates international law.”
Turkey denies all accusations.