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Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Five children and two women are receiving treatment for exposure to chemical agents near the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.

The ICRC "condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons during fighting around the Iraqi city of Mosul", it said in a statement.

ICRC medical teams "are offering full support to the local medical teams" treating the seven patients admitted over the past two days to Rozhawa hospital, near Mosul, it said.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Gareth Jones)