July 22, 2014
This video shows victims of an alleged chemical attack by ISIS on Kurdish fighters
near Kobani, Syria on July 18 and 19, 2014.
Transterra Media cannot confirm the use of chemical weapons.
At the time, the official spokesperson of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)
Redur Khalil and the Health Minister of the Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad said that they believed that chemical or biological agents were used.
In the video, what appear to be burns are visible on the bodies of two males wearing military fatigues at a hospital in Kobani.
Dr. Ahmad said that he and his colleagues inspected the bodies and found signs of burning but no bullet wounds or other similar war injuries.
Interview with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) official spokesperson Redur Khalil (Arabic)
00:56 ISIS’s use of chemical and biological weapons in the city of Kobani – in its war on the city of Kobani – is a very sensitive issue and we don’t want to anticipate events.
01:10 The indices that appeared and the traces on the bodies of martyrs and the wounded definitely show that ISIS used unconventional weapons.
01:30 There is a probability that these were chemical and biological weapons.
01:34 A committee of specialized physicians was formed in the Jazeera Canton [autonomous Kurdish district in northeast Syria] and it conducted necessary procedures and medical tests.
01:43 It was proven that ISIS has used biological weapons in its war on Kobani. However, the type of the weapons has not been determined, due to the limited means of the medical labs in the canton and the siege imposed on the city of Kobani.
02:09 There are unremitting attempts by the assigned medical committee as well as calls for [human] rights groups and aid organisations to head to Kobani to supervise this operation and analyze the substance that was used by ISIS in its war on Kobani.
02:32 The medical committee is now carrying out its duties.
02:39 The traces left by [these] weapons include burns on bodies that were not hit by bullets or bomb shrapnel. They were blue and white burns.
03:01 In some places where ISIS used these weapons, YPG members could smell a very weird odor. The smell was not that of gunpowder or explosives, which shows that the weapons used against Kobani in these locations were unconventional.
Interview with Health Minister of Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad (Kurdish)
03:48 – 04:29
We have experienced war conditions for a while and we have seen a lot of injured people and martyrs, but [until now] we have not seen bodies that were burnt and not wounded.
The bodies had burns on the hands and legs [and other] exposed parts. We do not know what this substance is, because we do not have the necessary means [to analyze it].
In the future, it could be possible to conduct some tests to determine the kind of the substance that was used.
My colleagues who assisted me and I, in my capacity as a supervising physician, came to the conclusion that this substance was chemical and internationally banned.
00:00 – 00:39
The bodies of dead YPG fighters show skin burns but not wounds. The bodies were filmed at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.
03:29 – 03:47
Medical staff and an officer in military fatigues stand near the bodies of two dead fighters at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.
04:30 – 05:17
Close shots of a dead fighter’s body show burns on the face, arms.