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Doctors in Afrin allege Turkey used poison gas on villagers

TURKEY has allegedly launched a poison gas attack in its assault on Syria’s Kurdish-controlled Afrin province, local doctors said at the weekend.

They said that six civilians had suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms that indicated they’d inhaled poison gas, arriving for treatment at Afrin’s main hospital on Friday night.

Dr Jiwan Mohammed said they’d arrived from the village of Arandi after it was attacked by Turkish troops.

And Dr Nouri Qenber said the victims suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. One of the victims had dilated pupils, he said, quoting one of the rescuers.

The claims could not be independently verified, and videos released from the hospital showed people being fitted with oxygen masks who did not otherwise show obvious symptoms of poison gas inhalation.

Turkey’s Nato ally the United States, which has armed Kurdish troops, asserted that it was “extremely unlikely” that Turkey had used chemical weapons in its invasion.

Turkey itself claimed it does not use internationally banned weapons.

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