Iraqi families devastated as details of ISIS chemical attack emerge

March 7, 2017 | By | Reply More

Erbil Hospital emergency cell was on alert as five small children lie in beds, along with their mother, all wrapped in bandages, with chemical burns from a mortar attack that hit their house.

iraqi familiesEastern Mosul family is from a neighborhood called Giraj al-Shimal, they are among the 15 people who had been brought to Erbil hospitals in the past few days.

The International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] reported victims showing “clinical symptoms consistent with an exposure to a blistering chemical agent.

The chemical attack symptoms included “blisters, redness in the eyes, irritation, vomiting and coughing.” Many victims are still being evaluated at field hospitals, and the ICRC couldn’t account for those who had not been able to reach a doctor.

Amid the civilians who have already fled Mosul in recent weeks due to some of the most intense fighting since the operation to recapture the city from the Islamic State began last October.

International Organization of Migration reported more than 200,000 people had been displaced by March 5, up from an estimated 164,000 as of Feb. 26.

The ICRC representative, Dr. Johannes Schad at the hospital confirmed that “from the smell and the signs and symptoms, it is most probably mustard gas.

Seriously wounded chemical attack victims were “affects the skin primarily, but also [causes] itching eyes, breathing problems and signs of severe burns — first-, second- and third-degree burns.”

The main level of the hospital, smelled of burnt sulfur. The victims had just had their bandages freshly changed.

The skin of the one of the boys on his face peeled in patches around his cheeks and eyes. A toddler girl slept at her mother’s feet, her lips spotted with blisters. Every member of the affected family had dark black lines under their eyes from the smoke they inhaled.

Another victim a 10-year-old Thaier Nadm,. Said I was on the rooftop and a mortar attacked my house.

The boy further said he could not see where it came from,“ he said. “I saw a dark light and I fell down on the stairs. My hand was black. I smelled a bad smell. I was with my little sister on the roof. I tried to

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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