IRBIL, Iraq – The United Nations is warning that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Mosul, if confirmed, would be a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime.
"This is horrible," says Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator in Iraq in a statement Saturday. "There is never justification — none whatsoever — for the use of chemical weapons."
The alleged attack occurred this week in eastern Mosul, an area declared fully liberated by Iraqi forces in January in a neighborhood along the Tigris River that roughly divides the city in two.
Most of western Mosul is still under Islamic State group control despite a handful of recent gains on the city's southwestern edge by Iraqi forces over the past two weeks.