WAR-ravaged Syria has a new enemy – a deadly flesh-eating bug caused by ISIS dumping bodies in the street.
The bug, known as Leishmaniasis, is caused by protozoan parasites.
It is usually carried by flies but experts warn that increase in rotting flesh in the street has triggered a dramatic rise.
Records suggest that 16 months ago around 500 people were affected by the disease, but that is now believed to have soared.
Dilqash Isa, head of the Kurdish Red Crescent humanitarian organisation , said: ‘As a result of abominable acts by ISIS that included the killing of innocent people and dumping their corpses in streets, this is the leading factor behind the rapid spread of Leishmanisis disease.’
The World Health Organization has warned that Syria’s health system has collapsed under five years of war, the Metro reports.
‘We did not have knowledge about this deadly disease before,’ a Syrian Kurdish fighter told news agencies. ‘We have been fighting on the battlefield for almost four years and this disease basically generated from embattled areas of Tal Hamis, Hon and Qosa,’
Britain launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on Thursday morning after David Cameron won backing from MPs.
British Tornado jets took off from the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in Cyprus before dawn, within hours of the result being announced.
The British contribution forms only a tiny part of US-led Operation Inherent Resolve, which has been bombing Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for more than a year.
The vote for British forces to extend their air strikes in Iraq into Syria was won by a majority of 174.