Red Cross says Isis: East Mosul residents under suspected chemical attack


After a number of residents of eastern Mosul recently admitted in hospitals with injuries consistent with a chemical attack, it is being suspected that Isis used a deadly poisons in the war to keep the last Iraqi stronghold.

Lost jihadists in the eastern part of the city to Iraqi government forces are currently battling them in western Mosul. Iraqi forces have already taken control of the Mosul airport, giving them a strategic advantage in the ongoing battle in the western part.

However, the militants continued to decline to attack civilians and troops stationed in the area with mortar fire, car bombs and other weapons. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and suspected of being far from the use of toxic chemicals in their attacks.

Robert Mardini, Regional Director for the Middle East branch of the charity organization, said that at least 12 people were treated in hospitals of Mosul this week, “showing clinical symptoms consistent with exposure to chemical violent.” Dr. Awan Miwan, head of the emergency hospital in Arbil, near Mosul, told CNN they are two of the patients who suffer from resulting probably from exposure to toxic chemical treatment of injuries.

He said two of the inhabitants of eastern Mosul news channel that there Isis mortar attacks on the city on Wednesday (March 1) and Thursday, which came across the Tigris River from the west of Mosul. In the wake of the attacks, he smelled “something strange”, “like a chemical agent” or “mustard gas”.

It said Red Cross spokeswoman Sarah Alzawqari said that the first three cases of suspected chemical attack were brought to the hospital of Arbil on Wednesday, followed by four on Thursday and five on Friday. She added that all are victims of the same attack.

Among the victims were 12, five children and three women and four men who Mardini said they showed symptoms such as cough, red eyes, irritation and vomiting that is caused by exposure to toxins.

“Anywhere, the use of chemical weapons is strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law. We are worried strongly saw our colleagues, and we strongly condemn any use of chemical weapons, by any party,” said Mardini.

It is said that the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday they responded to reports of suspected chemical attacks in eastern Mosul, and activate the emergency response plan to treat the victims.


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