What an ISIS Chemical Strike Did to One Syrian Family
Shahad, Abu Anas's surviving daughter, carries the scars from a blister agent attack on her home in August. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times
By C. J. CHIVERS, NYT
OCT. 6, 2015
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The warning from the front lines came by walkie-talkie. An Islamic State artillery position had boomed to the east, signaling that an incoming round was whistling toward Marea, a town on northern Syria’s agricultural flatland.
“One shell fired!” the voice on the radio said. “Be careful!”
Inside the house he shared with his family, Abu Anas Ishara, a rebel fighter defending his hometown, knew the routine. Usually 10 to 15 seconds passed before shells landed and exploded.
But Marea had been struck so often that Abu Anas had wearied of it all. He did not seek cover. Nada, his wife, kept feeding their infant daughter, Sidra, delivered by cesarean section five days before.
The shell hit the roof of their home.