Harrowing footage of a screaming child covered in horrific burns have emerged amid claims chemical weapons are being used in Turkey’s assault on the Kurds.
In the upsetting clip, a child is seen crying: “Dad stop the burning, I beg you.”
It has sparked accusations that Turkish forces could be using banned white phosphorus – which burns when it comes into contact with moisture.
The clip was taken at a hospital in Tal Tamr, close to Ras al-Ayn near the border between Turkey and Syria, which has seen heavy fighting.
Further footage released by Kurdish media outlets shows another young boy with shocking burns to his face, arms and chest.
Dr Manal Mohammed, who heads the Rojava Health Board in Northern Syria, told Kurdish news outlet Rudaw: “There are a lot of fears that prohibited weapons are being used in Sari Kani.
“Wounds we treat at the hospitals are not normal injuries at all,”
And Dr Fares Hammu told ANHA: “The Turkish occupation state uses all kinds of heavy weapons, because many cases are serious.
“We expect the Turkish state to use internationally-prohibited weapons, such as chemical weapons.”
Amnesty International has accused Turkey of showing “a shameful disregard for human life”.
A Kurdish Red Crescent worker told the agency how he pulled bodies from the wreckage of an airstrike on October 12.
He said: “Everything happened so fast. In total, there were six injured and four killed, including two children.
“I couldn’t tell if they were boys or girls because their corpses were black. They looked like charcoal.
“The other two people killed were older men, they looked older than 50. Honestly, I am still in shock.”
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A US-brokered ceasefire has been in place since Thursday, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there have been intermittent fighting in Ras al-Ayn.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is due to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria on Tuesday next week in southern Russia.
Russian military police and the Syrian army have rushed to take control of parts of northeastern Syria previously controlled by the Kurds after US President Donald Trump withdrew American forces from the area.
This prompted the Kurds to strike a deal with Damascus.
Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “Turkish military forces and their allies have displayed an utterly callous disregard for civilian lives, launching unlawful deadly attacks in residential areas that have killed and injured civilians.”
According to early reports following a meeting between the US delegates in Ankara with President Recep Erdogan, the Turkey government got “exactly what (they) wanted.”
US Vice President Mike Pence said Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire to allow YPG Forces – which are predominantly made up of Kurdish fighters – to leave Northern Syria.
Relations between the US and Turkey have seemed frayed since the Trump White House decided to pull American forces out of Syria.