‘Poison gas shells in Mosul are unprotected
Near the Iraqi city of Mosul are since a few weeks, with mustard gas-filled mortar rounds in the unprotected state.
That says Stichting Vluchteling Tuesday after a visit to the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Kirkuk and Bashiqa.
The presence of large quantities of homemade explosives, including chemical weapons, is, according to the foundation, a major obstacle to the return of the residents.
According to experts of the ontmijningsorganisatie Mines Advisory Group, which Foundation Refugee in Iraq, in many places in the vicinity of Mosul ingredients for chlorine and mustard gas found.
But also ready-made mortar shells and traces of actual use of these prohibited weapons. On the desolate plain where failure made explosives be gathered for destruction, were this week hundreds of gallons of chlorine and mustard gas in jerry cans.
‘Battle in Mosul, residents still not over’
Tineke Ceelen, director of Stichting Vluchteling was for the past days in Mosul and the surrounding area: “I can’t believe that such dangerous weapons openly in the villages around the place. The capacity to dispose of quickly and effectively for the destruction of these weapons to care, which is the risk that serious accidents happen with this deadly poison gas.”
Ceelen calls for fast and substantial support of the international community in the destruction of explosives in residential areas. “I was already sick of a few minutes at a leaking gifgasgranaat. In this same air, play with children. Depopulation should be the highest priority.” Stichting vluchteling (Refugee foundation sets 100,000 is available for the ruimingsactiviteiten in the area.