Israel National News: Turkey used chemical weapons


Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Der Spiegel magazine reports that photographs have proven that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/13/2010, 1:08 AM / Last Update: 8/13/2010,

According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died “due to the use of chemical substances.”

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany’s Green Party, told Der Spiegel: “The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.”

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland  occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: “We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”

Tags: Turkey, chemical warfare, PKK – Main > News > Defense/Middle East


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2 Responses to Israel National News: Turkey used chemical weapons

  1. kruitvat says:

    U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator

    (Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

    The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

    “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.

    “This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added, speaking in Italian.

    Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney-general who also served as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, gave no details as to when or where sarin may have been used.

    The United States has said it has “varying degrees of confidence” that sarin has been used by Syria’s government on its people.

    President Barack Obama last year declared that the use or deployment of chemical weapons by Assad would cross a “red line”.


  2. kruitvat says:

    Intelligence Quarterly

    Turkey Alleged to Use Chemical Weapons on Rebels
    August 16th, 2010 in Central Asia / Military

    The allegation by human rights activists that the Turkish military used chemical weapons to kill eight rebels last September is supported by photographs which purportedly depict the dead Kurds, Der Spiegel reported yesterday (see GSN, July 2).

    The images are said to show eight operatives for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party who have suffered burns and other extensive bodily damage.

    German photo forgery specialist Hans Baumann has verified the photographs were not faked and a Hamburg University Hospital forensic analysis also determined the PKK members are likely to have been killed “due to the use of chemical substances.”

    Turkey is a state party to the Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the production, stockpiling and use of chemical warfare materials. The country is not known now or in the past to have operated a chemical weapons program, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

    “The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things,” German politician Claudia Roth of the liberal Green Party said. “It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.”

    Roth said there have been multiple “mysterious incidents of this type that are crying out for an independent investigation.”

    Turkey specialist Gisela Penteker of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War said suspicions have existed for years about potential Turkish use of chemical weapons. “Local people have said that again and again,” she said. However, verifying those accusations is not easy as the remains are frequently released after the point at which a comprehensive autopsy is possible, she added.

    Roth called on the Turkish government to make a formal statement on claims of chemical warfare agent use “in order to nullify further allegations.”

    German lawmaker Ruprecht Polenz, a member of the Christian Democratic Union party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, indicated he would support an international probe of the matter. “Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” he said.

    The current government in Ankara has refused to comment on past accusations of chemical weapons use or has described them as “PKK propaganda,” Der Spiegel reported.

    The Berlin newspaper Die Tageszeitung reported yesterday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry denied the allegations, reaffirmed the country’s status as a CWC member and said the Turkish military did not have any chemical or biological arms. Autopsy photographs of six possible additional victims have also turned up and been submitted for analysis, according to the newspaper (Steinvorth/Musharbash, Der Spiegel, Aug. 12).

    German lawmaker Andrej Hunko has called on the German Foreign Ministry to lodge a complaint against Ankara with the chemical arms treaty’s monitory body, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Jerusalem Post reported (Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, Aug. 12).

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