Eli Ridder | The Post
Turkish forces involved in Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish militias in northwest Syria have utilized toxic gas, hospitalizing at least six civilians.
“Six people have been admitted with symptoms of suffocation as a result of the use of projectiles with poisonous gas by the Turkish regime in the town of Aranda,” Syrian state news agency SANA quotes a hospital director as saying.
Joan Mohammed said that medical staff are working to identify the type of gas that was used.
President Recep Erdogan considers the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria a threat to Turkey because Ankara accuses the Syrian Kurds of having ties with the terrorist militant group PKK, or Kurdish Workers’ Party active largely in eastern Turkey.
The Kurds and their allies, the United States-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Syria, vehemently deny the alleged ties.
More details to follow. Image of Turkish forces from previous files.