SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Three fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in an attack in which Turkey used “poison gas” in the Kurdistan Region’s area of Avashin, the group’s military wing said.
In a statement, the People’s Defense Forces (HPG) said Turkey had used “poison gas” in its attack on Sor heights on September 3.
“Three of our comrades were martyred in this attack,” the HPG said on Friday.
The PKK has accused Turkey of using “chemical weapons” in its attacks against the group in the past months.
“In the war that has been raging for five months in South Kurdistan in the vicinity of the guerrilla tunnels, the Turkish state is continuously using chemical weapons to annihilate the guerrilla and capture their tunnel positions,” the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) said last week.
Turkey regularly carries out air and ground attacks against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region. It says neither the Iraqi government nor the Kurdish government has taken measures to combat the group.
The Turkish military has established a dozen military bases in the Kurdistan Region’s border as part of a military campaign against the PKK.