Islamic State radicals use cluster bombs against Syrian Kurdish city


IS militants. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Although the sword is deemed the main weapon used by extremists of the Islamic State (IS) to apply what they consider “justice” by beheading people after controlling an area, the group apparently resorts to quite devastating weapons when trying to seize some areas in order to expand the territories of the recently announced Caliphate.

The Kurdish-majority city of Kobane in northern Syria was for months besieged by IS militants, who tried to storm the city but were repeatedly confronted by Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –who are in control of the city.

According to a newly released report by Human Rights Watch, militants of the Islamic State have used cluster bombs in recent attacks against the city of Kobane.

“Kurdish authorities in Kobane provided HRW with photos and information that strongly prove IS used cluster bombs during the recent attacks on the region on August 15, 2014,” the organization reported.

Meanwhile, Kurdish activists in Kobane published images of injured YPG fighters, and stated that they were exposed to microbial bombs following IS attack on the western environs of the city on July 12, 2014. هيومن رايتس ووتش تؤكد استخدام تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية لأسلحة محرمة في كوباني

HRW pointed out that Kobane’s local government (linked to the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) issued a statement warning locals of the dangers of cluster bombs’ debris that “IS mercenaries used against surrounding villages”.

“Based on the statement and the information submitted by a senior Kurdish official from Kobane, cluster weapons were used during IS attack on the village of Sifi, south of Kobane, on August 14,” HRW’s report read.

“The next day, two boys, aged 8 and 11, were playing with a small cylindrical munition wrapped with red tape. The weapon exploded killing the 11-year-old boy and injuring the other, according to a Kurdish official,” the organization added.

HRW also reported that the Kurdish authorities provided photos of the rocky field surrounding the village of Sifi “where the boys died”.

“The photos show more than ten red-wrapped small munitions on the ground,” the report added.

“Signs refer to ZP-39 munitions. However, the manufacturer and launching system are unknown and not even listed in international references,” HRW said.

In mid-July, 2014, the leadership of the Kurdish forces of the YPG in Kobane appealed to the international community to interfere and protect Kobane “from brutality of IS terrorists”.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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