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Syria

Turkey shells north Manbij, YPG reports possible chemical weapons

By Rudaw 25/8/2016
A Turkish army tank drives towards the northern Syrian town of Jarablus on Thursday. Photo: Bulet Kilic/AFP
A Turkish army tank drives towards the northern Syrian town of Jarablus on Thursday. Photo: Bulet Kilic/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Turkey has shelled Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) positions north of Manbij on Thursday evening, Turkish state media reported, while the YPG have reported on the possible use of chemical weapons in the shelling. 

Citing security sources, Anadolu Agency reported that Turkish forces opened fire after obtaining intelligence that Kurdish forces were advancing on Jarablus as opposed to withdrawing to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, as the United States had promised they were doing. 

The YPG, on Twitter, reported the apparent use of chemical weapons in the area. “Rockets fired frm #Jarablus hit civilians in rural #Manbij, causing irritation/itching after gas emissions.”



The Free Syrian Army (FSA), backed by Turkish forces on the ground and in the air, launched an operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of Jarablus from Islamic State (ISIS) Wednesday morning. They declared victory later the same day after ISIS put up little resistance. 

The Syrian Coalition of opposition groups praised the FSA’s achievement, “The FSA groups managed to take the town in around 12 hours, after which the FSA fighters set to clear the town from the mines and IEDs planted by ISIS militants,” reads a statement released by the Coalition on Thursday. 

They called on the international community to increase support of the FSA “to defeat the terrorist organizations and their sponsors, led by the Assad regime as it is the key player in the spread of terror, chaos, and destruction in Syria.”

The Coalition also urged the FSA to protect civilians and requested the Syrian interim government, a body formed by opposition groups, to assist in restoring services and public institutions in the town. 

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guest worker | 26/8/2016
Why use the word "possible"? look at the footage! the turkish army is no stranger when it comes to using chemical weapons. All the Kurdish TV channels including rudaw aired video footage of civilians killed and injured by this chemical attack. Not that the world community will react or anything, when turkish backed Al-Qaeda affiliated Jash Al-Islam shelled Aleppo's Kurdish district last year there was no reaction, even when they admitted it!
duroi | 26/8/2016
Now that ISIS is in retreating from Jarablus area, the YPG's priority should be to immediately open a 10 KM wide corridor from Manbij to Afrin by capturing the region 10 KM south of the route from al-Ghandora/Sandi/Akhtarin/TelMalid and to entrench in both sides of the corridor. Yallah.
Circassian 4Ever | 26/8/2016
The YPG should withdraw while it has the chance.
Besnili Haco | 26/8/2016
I am not astonished about that Turkey did it since 40 years--!
Angry Kurd | 26/8/2016
What a coincidence, Barzani's visit to Turkey and invasion of terror Turkey of Western Kurdistan. Where is the hell reaction of our political parties to condemn this terrorist acts against Kurdish people. USA would have never let Turkey to cross the border of Rojava without permission of KDP and PUK period . I had a lot of respect for Mr Barzani but when I see our people been killed by Turkey and Barzani go and congratulate this government for that and stays silent, . Some might say southern Kurdistan depends on Turkey that is why Barzani is silent , this is not true it is the other way around,turkey depends on Kurdistan.

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