chemische wapensYPG spokesman Rêdûr Xelîl announced today that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) gangs have used chemical weapons in the clashes in Kobanê.

He called on international institutions and human rights organisations to carry out an urgent enquiry.

Spokesman Rêdûr Xelîl issued a statement regarding the current situation in Kobanê.

The statement was published on the official website of the YPG. The statement emphasised that the ISIS gangs are using chemical weapons in the clashes.

“Kobanê canton has been exposed to the cruel attacks of the terrorist ISIS gangs for some time. In these attacks, ISIS gangs are using all kinds of weapons, including the thermal missiles of USA. Nonetheless, after the first researches and medical control which was done by health team of Kobanê canton and experts on the wounded and martyred fighters, it has been proved that the ISIS gangs have used chemical weapons. Doctors found burns and white dots on the bodies of the martyrs.”

Stating that the health council of Kobanê canton said they did not have essential technical equipment and further research conditions, the YPG spokesman Rêdûr Xelîl said that this problem meant they have not been able to determine and specify the type of chemical material used. Because of the siege of Kobanê, there is no opportunity for a comprehensive research to be made.”

Rêdûr Xelîl therefore made an urgent appeal to international institutions and human rights organisations to go to Kobanê and make a comprehensive enquiry. Rêdûr Xelîl also called on the international institutions to stop the attacks, and the international and national media organisations to report the anti-humanitarian conditions.

The doctors who belong to the Kobane health executive had announced after research that they found traces of chemical weapons on the bodies of two YPG fighters after clashes against the ISIS gangs on 8 July. They further had stated that they will continue their research on this issue.

The ISIS attemp to occupy Kobanê began on 2 July with an attack on the village of Zormexar 35 kilometres from the town. For nearly 2 weeks ISIS has been attacking the Kurds with heavy weaponry it has brought from Iraq. Thus far around 400 ISIS members have been killed in clashes with YPG/YPJ forces, while 40 YPG/YPJ fighters have also died.

ANF – KOBANÊ 14.07.2014

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