Twelve civilians have been injured in Mosul in what appears to be the first chemical weapon attack in the battle for the IS stronghold.
An 11-year-old boy has severe respiratory and skin problems and a month-old baby was also injured.
The injuries were apparently caused in two separate incidents when mortar fire hit houses in east Mosul and victims complained of a foul smelling chemical.
The victims’ symptoms suggested exposure to a “blistering chemical agent”, ICRC Middle East director Robert Mardini said. They included blisters, redness in the eyes, irritation, vomiting and coughing.