Claims accusing Turkey of using chemical weapons in Syria are nothing but a disinformation campaign carried out by terrorist groups, spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Friday, underlining that the claims were not confirmed by the United Nations (U.N.) watchdog for chemical weapons.
Hami Aksoy said Ankara completely denies the allegations that the Turkish military used chemical weapons during Operation Peace Spring, a counterterrorism operation recently-launched to clear Daesh and PKK-linked terrorists in northeastern Syria.
Aksoy noted that there are no chemical weapons in the Turkish Armed Forces’ inventory and the country has been a party to “the convention on the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction” since 1997.
Aksoy added that the U.N.’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has also stated that the organization has not confirmed the validity of any of the allegations.
The PKK sympathizers have been carrying out a massive defamation campaign against Turkey since the country launched its third counterterrorism operation in northeastern Syria, targeting the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh terrorists.
The terror group-related accounts have been sharing fake images to accuse Turkey of attacking civilians and most recently have published the pictures of chemical weapon attacks which were taken in different places long before Turkey launched the operation.
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