Turkey denies chemical weapons use against Afrin

(MENAFN) Usage of chemical weapons by the Turkish army in Syria has been denied by its embassy in Russia.

The Turkish Embassy says in a statement issued on Sunday that "reports of a chemical attack in Afrin are unfounded."

According to doctors in Afrin, six people had "dilated pupils" and "breathing difficulties" following an alleged chemical attack from Turkey.

Turkish diplomats denounce "false" allegations and a "propaganda" effort aimed at tarnishing Turkey's offensive in the Afrin region since 20 January against the Kurdish militia of the People's Protection Units (YPG).

In addition, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Kurdish majority, 180 civilians have been killed since 20 January, mainly in Turkish strikes, and 413 others wounded.

Last Monday, in a weekly press conference, Bahram Qassemi, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, urged Turkey to stop its military intervention in Syria and to respect the territorial integrity of the country.


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