The humanitarian aid organization “Doctors Without Borders” has reportedly issued a statement regarding the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) usage of the internationally banned “mustard gas” chemicals at a number of sites in northern Aleppo last week.
Syrian rebel activists first reported the usage of mustard gas by the ISIS militants last week, displaying images of their fighters that were infected by this poisonous gas inside the city of Mar’e; however, at the time, there were no internationally recognized NGOSs confirming the validity of this heinous poisonous gas attack.
Doctors Without Borders reported that as many as 4 people in northern Aleppo displayed symptoms from the mustard gas pathogens; this includes painful sores around the victim’s body, irritated eyes that resemble the pinkeye illness, difficulty breathing, and vomiting.
According to field reports from the aforementioned humanitarian aid organization, ISIS fired a mortar shell that contained the poisonous gas into the direction of a civilian home, damaging the house’s exterior before infecting the family inside.
This would not be the first time that ISIS has used chemical weapons, as they reportedly used chlorine gas against the predominately Kurdish “Peshmerga Forces” in northwestern Iraq; this is the first it has been reported inside Syria.
If these accounts hold true, ISIS will be adding to their list of war crimes in Syria, which now include the destruction of historical sites (Palmyra).