ISIS is using blue-colored poisonous gas in Mosul against Iraqi forces
ISIS militants fired mortar shells containing a blue-colored poisonous gas in Mosul’s Bab al-Toob district, and one of the shells landed close to camera crew, with footage showing soldiers and crew members suffocating a minute after the plume of smoke appeared, Rudaw reported.
On March 3, several media outlets active in Mosul battlefields reported that chemical weapons had been used during a fight between ISIS militants and Iraqi troops in Eastern Mosul.
Following the reports, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) said 12 patients were referred to hospitals showing symptoms consistent with exposure to a toxic chemical agent. The number has since risen to 15.
Iraq’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ali Al Hakim told reporters on Friday that Iraq did not have any evidence that ISIS had used chemical weapons in the city of Mosul.
The operation to recapture Mosul, the key stronghold of ISIS in Iraq, began in October 2016 and resulted in the liberation of Mosul’s eastern part this January, but fighting continues in the city’s Western areas.