Turkey is testing injured Syrians seeking treatment across the border for chemical weapon wounds, the foreign minister said Thursday.
Ahmet Davutoglu also said more substantial tests were being conducted on a dozen injured Syrians and that the results of those tests would be made public as soon as they are available.
The move follows allegations of possible chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war between President Bashar Assad’s regime and rebels who want to overthrow him.
“We will continue to test every injured (Syrian) who arrives so that no one can dare to carry out a humanitarian crime, like in Halabja, in Syria,” Davutoglu said. He was referring to Iraq’s use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds in Halabja in 1988.
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