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Iraq: Fleeing ISIS Forces Fired Toxic Chemicals

Three Attacks Cause Painful Burns in Qayyarah, South of Mosul

Friday 11 November 2016

(Erbil, November 11, 2016) –Forces of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) launched at least three chemical attacks on the Iraqi town of Qayyarah, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of toxic chemicals as a means of warfare is a serious threat to civilians and combatants in and around the embattled city of Mosul and is a war crime.

The attacks hit the town of Qayyarah, 60 kilometers south of Mosul, in September and October after Iraqi government forces retook the town on August 25, 2016. The attacks caused painful burns to at least seven people consistent with exposure to low levels of a chemical warfare agent known as “vesicants,” or blister agents, a chemical weapons expert told Human Rights Watch.

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