Red Cross slams chemical attack on civilians
Five children and two women are receiving treatment for exposure to chemical agents near Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting United States-backed Iraqi forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.
The ICRC “condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons during fighting around Mosul”, it said.
The agency did not say which side used the chemical agents that caused blisters, redness in the eyes, irritation, vomiting and coughing.
The US has warned that IS could use weapons containing sulphur mustard agents to repel the offensive on the northern Iraqi city.
ICRC medical teams were supporting medical teams treating the seven patients, who were admitted over the past two days to Rozhawa Hospital in Erbil, east of Mosul, the agency said.
IS used chemical weapons at least 52 times in Iraq and Syria, and at least 19 times in the areas around Mosul between 2014 and November 2016, according to data collected by IHS Markit.