The Deputy Leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party in Turkey (CHP) Sezgin Tanrıkulu reiterated his claim that trucks belonging to the Turkish intelligence service transported rockets, rocket launchers and heavy weaponry to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
Addressing reporters at a press conference in Dyarbakir province on Thursday, Tanrikulu said his party has documents and interrogation reports which prove that three trucks were intercepted and seized in the southern Turkish city of Adana on 19 January after information indicated that the trucks were carrying weapons and ammunition into Syria.
He pointed out that the weapons shipments were carried out upon the direction of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party.
Tanrikulu categorically dismissed the claim that the trucks were transporting humanitarian aid into Syria.
He confirmed that the documents and reports of the prosecution file revealed that the trucks were seized with rockets, rocket launchers, and various types of heavy weapons being on board.
The trucks’ drivers, he added, stressed in their testimonies that the heavy weaponry were loaded onto the trucks from a foreign plane at Esenboga Airport in the Turkish capital Ankara.
The CHP deputy leader called for taking Erdogan to the International Criminal Court on charges of committing war crimes in Syria.
He referred to the attacks committed in the Kurdish Rojava area on the Syrian-Turkish border by IS and Al-Qaeda.
Sending weapons to jihadist forces and terrorist organizations which are committing crimes against humanity through the Turkish intelligence is “a war crime”, he said.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer