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Turkey chemical weapons use probed
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A European delegation has launched an inspection in Kazan Valley in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari to review claims that Turkey had used chemical weapons against Kurdish militants , Press TV reports.


Turkey's Milliyet newspaper reported on Monday that the seven-member group from Belgium, France and Germany has studied the region where 37 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed in operations launched by Turkey last month, Press TV's Ankara correspondent reported.

Parliamentarians from the Peace and Democracy Party, and the Turkish Human Rights Association accused the military of using chemical weapons against the militants after their bodies were found.

Former member of the European Parliament, Feleknas Uca, and German parliamentarian, Jan Van Aken, are among members of the delegation, the report said.

The delegation also includes German and French lawyers Clementine Frances, Benjamin Hiller, Marie Avpert, Aledeuy Ledrein Aveco and Torre Dominulle. The delegation took samples from the bombed areas in the valley.

Aken has said that after the inspections, the delegation could tell if any chemical weapon has been used in the area or not.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, including Turkey, Iran, the United States, and European Union member states.

Over 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched its armed campaign against Ankara in 1984.

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