Turkey-backed armed groups in northern Syria shelled, yesterday March 8th, the predominately-Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsood with homemade rockets believed to contain chemical weapons.
YPG fighters defending the district have reported ‘yellow substance’ which they believe to be phosphorous.
According to activists, the attack killed and wounded nearly 40 people so far.
A coalition of Islamic factions including Ahrar ash-Sham, al-Jabha al-Shamiah, Sultan Murad Brigade, Noor Eddine al-Zinki battalion, combat the Kurdish fighters and Syrian Armed Forces in Syria’s Aleppo. Being directly or indirectly linked to the al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, Jabhey al-Nusra, these groups are excluded from the recently-established ceasefire.
The official spokesman of YPG issued a statement addressing the special coordination team of the ceasefire in Syria about the blatant violation.
Pro-Kurdish activists on social media have immediately pointed fingers at Turkey’s Erdogan and his PM Ahmet Davutoğlu as the ‘puppeteers’ of the recent chemical attack against YPG fighters.
Turkey’s escalations against Syria’s Kurds have significantly increased in recent times. Turkish Armed Forces have flagrantly pounded the Kurdish fighters in Menagh airbase, and granted access to more than 500 fully-equipped fighters to halt the Kurds’ progress in Azaz, nearly 32 km to the northwest of Aleppo.