The head of Syrian Kurdish National Council has accused the PYD – the Syrian arm of the terrorist PKK – of confiscating medicines sent by Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to people wounded in a bombing attack Wednesday.
A twin bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) has killed at least 50 people and wounded more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, near the Turkish border.
The attack, which hit near a Kurdish security forces headquarters, was the deadliest of its kind in the city for years, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Speaking late Friday to Anadolu Agency, Ibrahim Berro said, “The PYD structure has confiscated medicines sent overland by the government of the Kurdish region to the wounded from the Qamishli bombing attack,” adding that the PYD stored the medicines near the bombed city, ensuring that they don’t reach the hospitals where wounded civilians are being treated, some in critical condition.
As to why the PYD took the medicines, Berro said, “The structure (PYD) deals with all humanitarian assistance in terms of the political dimension. And it wants to have everything under its control.”
He also explained that regulations prevented the wounded from receiving treatment in or being sent to Iraq’s Kurdish-region hospitals.
However, Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government, has ordered hospitals of the region to receive the wounded of Qamishli.
A huge blast by an explosives-laden vehicle in the city of Qamishli on Wednesday left dozens killed and wounded. The city is near Turkey’s border and the Turkish town of Nusaybin.
ISIS-linked websites have published a statement claiming responsibility for the explosion, adding that it targeted the headquarters of Kurdish units in the city.
The PYD is the Syrian branch of the PKK, which is considered terrorist by the global community and has since 1984 targeted Turkish security forces and civilians.