Turkey, a NATO member, has allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians in northern Syria. Multiple sources have reported that white phosphorus-loaded munitions are believed to have been dropped in the border town of Ras al-Ayn after images and video surfaced of civilians, including children, suffering gruesome burns associated with the chemical.
Anthony Loyd, a journalist for The Times of London, was present at a Syrian-Kurdish hospital in Tal Tamir where a 13-year-old boy was brought in with associated injuries. “The burns on the screaming child brought into the Syrian-Kurdish hospital at Tal Tamir were enough to reduce even hardened medical staff to silence yesterday,” he wrote.
“Yet the terrible wounds that had all but flayed the 13-year-old Mohammed Hamid Mohammed’s skin from his torso, penetrating deep into his flesh, suggested his injuries were caused by something far worse than blast alone.
Brace yourself before looking at the photos on Twitter.
We have evidence that Turkish military & coalition of Turkey-backed Syrian armed groups carried out serious violations & war crimes, including summary killings & unlawful attacks that have killed & injured civilians, during offensive in northeast Syria. https://t.co/wozimXUFPG
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) October 18, 2019
The burns on the screaming child brought into the Syrian-Kurdish hospital at Tal Tamir were enough to reduce even hardened medical staff to silence yesterday https://t.co/lS5l7rUKFv
— The Times (@thetimes) October 18, 2019
Pictures of Kurds with their faces peeling off due to chemical weapons tells you how bad this has gotten. Turkey is committing war crimes.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) October 18, 2019
“Everything happened so fast. In total, there were six injured and four killed, including two children. I couldn’t tell if they were boys or girls because their corpses were black. They looked like charcoal.”#TwitterKurds #Syria #Turkeyhttps://t.co/9BJdeRbuFY
— Kurdistan 24 English (@K24English) October 18, 2019