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Turkey 'using illegal cluster bombs' against Kurds

TURKEY used illegal cluster bombs today in attacks on Kurdish forces near Iraq’s Qandil mountains, Kurdish troops said.

The Turkish air force has been bombing villages in the Kurdish region of Iraq over the past few months as part of its campaign against the PKK, which Ankara deems a terrorist organisation.

The Bradoast region near the Kurdish city of Erbil has been subjected to heavy bombardment with a number of civilian casualties during Turkish air strikes.

Kurdish forces released video footage of recent bombing raids today allegedly showing the use of deadly cluster munitions on Shushane village.

The use of such weapons is banned under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which Turkey has not signed.

In February, Ankara was accused of using chemical weapons in northern Syria, with claims of a gas attack during its invasion and occupation of the largely Kurdish city of Afrin.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been emboldened in his military offensive in the face of international silence despite ongoing accusations of war crimes committed against Kurds in Turkey and Syria.


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