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Cancer link to Kosovo

Issue No. 1729

NATO MILITARY chiefs are under growing pressure to investigate a possible link between depleted uranium shells used by its forces in its bombing of Kosovo and a spate of deaths from cancer. Italy's military prosecutor is examining five deaths of military personnel who were in Kosovo.

A leaked Italian military document last week admitted that Italian soldiers are dying from leukemia after exposure to depleted uranium. The Belgian government is also calling for an official investigation. US planes fired at least 31,000 rounds of depleted uranium shells in Kosovo, leaving the radioactive material scattered across the region. US forces used depleted uranium in the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq. In the years since, rates of leukemia and other cancers have soared in Iraq.

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Sat 6 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1729
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