WHO receiving 'frequent' reports of chemical attacks in Iraq

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Published 25.06.2017 18:33
Updated 25.06.2017 18:36
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has been receiving frequent reports about alleged chemical attacks in Iraq, especially from Mosul, the U.N. organization's spokesman said Sunday.

"Events involving the possible deliberate use of toxic chemicals to cause harms to Iraqi men, women and children increased substantially in northern Iraq in 2016," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

Since March of this year, the WHO has continued to receive "sporadic but frequent" similar reports, particularly from the northern city of Mosul, the spokesman said without assigning blame to Daesh terrorist group or any other conflict party.

While one chemical attack in Mosul was widely reported in early March, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday that Daesh has allegedly used such weapons 71 times since 2014 in Iraq and Syria, according to the London think tank IHS Conflict Monitor.

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