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NATO Uses DU Weapons in Libya War

15 April 2011 4:02

An American journalist says that the US and NATO forces are using missiles and bombs with depleted uranium (DU) in their airstrikes on Libya.

Conn Hallinan, a columnist with Foreign Policy in Focus, based in Berkeley, California, has told Press TV that “The fact that the US is denying the use of depleted uranium munitions is just nonsense.”

Hallinan noted that in the West’s air assaults, the explosions of Libyan tanks produced “enormous fireballs,” which is a unique characteristic that only DU bombs can cause.

“The long-term consequences are going to be very severe,” Hallinan added.

Impacts caused by the use of DU weapons include a range of health problems ranging from different kinds of cancer, such as leukemia, to genetic mutations. It also contaminates the air, water and soil with radioactivity.

Other reports have confirmed the use of DU since the implementation of the United Nation Security Council’s no-fly zone over Libya.

The Stop the War Coalition has reported that American B-52 aircraft had dropped 45 one-ton bombs on key Libyan cities in the first 24 hours of the war on Libya.

The UN has prohibited the manufacture, testing, use, sale and stockpiling of depleted uranium weapons.

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