Chemical weapons injure 7 in Mosul area: Red Cross

2017-03-03 22:00
A file photo of an area being cleaned after it was contaminated in a chemical attack. (Marwan Ibrahim, AFP)

A file photo of an area being cleaned after it was contaminated in a chemical attack. (Marwan Ibrahim, AFP)

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Baghdad - The Red Cross said on Friday that seven people, among them five children, had been admitted to hospital near Iraq's Mosul with injuries from chemical weapons.

The Islamic State jihadist group, which holds the majority of west Mosul, has periodically used rudimentary chemical weapons in the course of its more than two-year war with Iraqi forces.

Robert Mardini, the Red Cross Middle East director, said: "During the past two days, the hospital has admitted five children and two women showing clinical symptoms consistent with an exposure to a blistering chemical agent.

"The use of chemical weapons is absolutely prohibited under international humanitarian law. We are deeply alarmed by what our colleagues have seen and we strongly condemn any use of chemical weapons, by any party, anywhere".

Several Iraqi military officers said they did not have information about recent chemical weapons attacks in the Mosul area.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support have since regained much of the ground they lost to the jihadists.

Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake west Mosul, the largest population centre still held by the jihadists, on February 19.

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