Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Syrian Kurds: Turkey attacked us with poison gas
In the Syrian-Kurdish region Afrin six civilians with respiratory problems ended up in hospital. Doctors say to local media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
a source which is often sympathetic to the Turkish Erdogan regime’s Free Syrian Army allies
that the complaints are caused by poison gas. That is said to have been used by the Turkish army, which has been engaged in an offensive in the region since the end of January. …
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which operates from Coventry in the UK, the patients had respiratory problems and dilated pupils. Local media also speak of rashes and vomiting …
The director of the hospital in Afrin told the German news agency DPA that the people injured after the [Turkish army] shelling came in with respiratory problems …
The Turkish army is supported in Afrin by militias of the Free Syrian Army. The village where this incident took place is close to the border with the Turkish Hatay province, where only Turkish troops are stationed.
Saturday, 17 February 2018 TURKEY-US DEAL!
ANKARA and Washington have reached an agreement to work together in their occupation of part of northern Syria, where the two NATO allies have been on a collision course over the US’ support for the Kurdish YPG.
Speaking at a joint press conference following a meeting in Ankara, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said Washington and Ankara would establish working groups to resolve the issues that have sparked tensions in ties between the two sides. ‘We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing another,’ Tillerson said after the talks. ‘We will work together … we have good mechanisms on how we can achieve this. There is a lot of work to be done,’ he added without elaborating.
The Turkish foreign minister, in turn, said the two sides agreed on the need to normalise their ties.
Reports earlier on Friday suggested that Turkey had proposed that Turkish and US forces be stationed together in Syria’s Manbij region. A Turkish official said that Ankara had made the proposal during Tillerson’s visit and that Washington was considering the issue.
Turkey started the campaign last month in a bid to force Kurdish militias out of the city of Afrin after the US said it would set up a 30,000-strong Kurdish force near the Turkish border. Turkish officials have vowed that after Afrin, they would move some 100 kilometres (60 miles) eastward to capture Manbij and force the Kurds to retreat to the eastern banks of the Euphrates.
Meanwhile Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the US and its allies are in Syria to create armed militias which will control oil, gas and water resources and establish a mini-state. The Syrian government is reportedly set to deploy troops to the northern district of Afrin, which has been the target of the month-long Turkish offensive, as part of an agreement with the Kurdish militants operating there.
Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen broadcaster reported on Thursday that Damascus had reached an agreement with the militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to station troops in Afrin with the aim of countering Turkish military attacks. Russia’s Sputnik news agency also quoted a source familiar with the situation as saying that Syrian forces would enter the flashpoint region within ‘the next few days’.
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TURKEY has allegedly launched a poison gas attack in its assault on Syria’s Kurdish-controlled Afrin province, local doctors said at the weekend.
They said that six civilians had suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms that indicated they’d inhaled poison gas, arriving for treatment at Afrin’s main hospital on Friday night.
Dr Jiwan Mohammed said they’d arrived from the village of Arandi after it was attacked by Turkish troops.
And Dr Nouri Qenber said the victims suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. One of the victims had dilated pupils, he said, quoting one of the rescuers.
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