Red Cross slams chem­i­cal at­tack on civil­ians

New Straits Times - - World -

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.

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