Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Mosul, Iraq [EN/AR/KU]

(Baghdad, 4 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, expressed shock at reports of alleged use today of chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul neighbourhoods.

“This is horrible. If the alleged use of chemical weapons is confirmed, this is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime, regardless of who the targets or the victims of the attacks are. There is never justification--none whatsoever--for the use of chemical weapons,” said Ms Grande.

“We call on everyone to act responsibly and to grant and ensure immediate access for appropriate parties to investigate the circumstances of the alleged attack,” she said.

Ms. Grande reiterated that the use of chemical weapons by any side under any circumstances would violate international law, and reaffirmed the need for a thorough investigation of the alleged incidents.

For further information, please contact:

Damian Rance, Communications Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq, (rance@un.org / +964 (0)751 740 3858)

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