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    A spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units said that the Syrian opposition fighters had shelled the Kurdish-controlled Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood of Aleppo using white or yellow phosphorus munitions.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Syrian militias have been using toxic substances to launch attacks against a Kurdish-controlled area near Aleppo in northern Syria, with some of these substances arriving from Turkey, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said in a interview published Thursday.

    "Our sources inside the rebel groups have confirmed that toxic substances were used. We also have verified information that sarin gas was delivered to them from Turkey. All signs point to the fact that these factions were using banned weapons, but we cannot access the launching area, as it is located on the front between the Turkish and rebel forces," Redur Xelil told the RT broadcaster.

    Syrian Kurds have also accused Turkey of keeping the border open for militant groups and supplying them with weapons.

    Turkey has been shelling YPG positions in northern Syria along the Turkish border since February to stop the Kurds from seizing more ground in the area.

    Ankara considers the YPG to be an ally of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a separatist movement fighting for Kurdish self-determination in southeastern Turkey.


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