2019-10-21 09:08:53

Shafaq News/ The Times newspaper published an investigation by Anthony Loyd of al-Hasakah in Syria entitled “Evidence of Turkish phosphorus attack mounts in Syria against Erdogan”.

The writer says that the pain felt by Ali was not caused by his amputated arm, which left only a small part of the shoulder, the morphine numb pain in this part of his body. But what hurt him was the horrific burns on his back and waist that made him startle due to any movement.

"I wish I could prevent the animals who burned me from burning others, rather than just taking pictures," Ali told the writer, showing his burns. The writer says that Ali's burns deeply pitted wound still giving off a chemical smell.

Loyd adds that Ali, a 21-year-old Kurdish fighter in the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS, but on October 10 his allies in the coalition against ISIS began to withdraw from northern Syria following a decision by US President ,Donald Trump.

Overnight, Ali and his companions found themselves attacked by Turkish-backed Syrian jihadists in the border town of Ras al-Ain. The writer says that the Turkish attack, which tore his arm, also burned his back and waist area with an unknown substance, a material that led to speculation that Turkey used white phosphorus in its attack on the Kurds in Syria.

Iranian physician ,Abbas Mansourian who is treating Ali and others with burns from the Turkish attack at al-Hasakah hospital, said he found between 15 and 20 of the injured, whose burns were caused by white phosphorus.

"The burns that I see here are different from burns other than those caused by the use of incendiary chemicals such as white phosphorus," the doctor told Loyd.

Turkey denies that its military has any banned chemical weapons, which is possible. White phosphorus itself is not banned and is a major component of smoke and fire in most NATO armies.

However, the use of white phosphorus is governed by the Geneva Convention on Chemical Weapons, which is allowed to be used in grenades and ammunition but is prohibited from being used directly as inflammatory material.

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