Turkish-backed forces using white phosphorus against Kurds: Report
Tehran (KNA) - White phosphorus-loaded munitions appear to have been used by Turkish-backed forces in their ongoing operation in northeastern Syria, allegedly causing horrific burns on the bodies of Syrian Kurds, a report by Foreign Policy says.
Foreign Policy has received photos from a Kurdish source which show children in the border town of Ras al-Ayn with chemical burns on their chests and faces consistent with white phosphorus.
The report says the graphic photos have been confirmed by a senior US administration official.
Bassam Saker, the representative of the so-called Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) to the United States, the co-secretaries of the SDC’s health department, Rapareen Hasn and Manal Mhemed, have in a letter to Foreign Policy said that “Turkey uses all kind[s] of weapons including the internationally prohibited ones, and our medical teams are unable to evacuate the civilians.”
Saker has confirmed that the prohibited weapons referred to in the letter are white phosphorus-loaded munitions.