Turkey May Have Used Banned Phosphorous Munitions To Bomb Kurdish City

Kurdish sources have said that the Turkish army shelled a district in the city of Nusaybin, southern Turkey, using munitions which were likely to have contained phosphorus.

The Turkish army used munitions containing phosphorus against the Kurdish-inhabited city of Nusaybin in the country’s south, one Kurdish source told Sputnik on Sunday:

Nusaybin is located in the Mardin province, where two Turkish servicemen were killed during a raid against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), outlawed in the country, earlier in the day.

White phosphorus munitions are used in smoke and incendiary munitions. White phosphorus is not specifically banned, but the 1983 UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons bans the use of incendiary weapons in indiscriminate attacks against civilians.

Meanwhile Kurdish question reports that video footage from journalists of the ‘No More Silence’ Campaign, are claiming that the Turkish Army is using prohibited phosphorus munitions (bombs) against Kurdish Civilian Protection Units (YPS).

On a post shared on their Facebook page the team of journalists said, “the Turkish army is bombing the town of Nusaybin with strange bombs that are believed to be phosphorous gas. This gas is very similar to the bombs used in Gaza and other parts of the world.

“Doctors inside Nusaybin have confirmed that the bombs used by the Turkish Army is one kind of phosphorus bomb which is internationally prohibited. Plumes of white smoke which then turns to black is rising from the city. Large fires are breaking out in areas where bombs strike.”