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DEPLETED URANIUM: COURTS ACCEPT CANCER RISK DENIED BY ARMY

• https://declassifieduk.org by PHIL MILLER

More than 300 Italian veterans who developed cancer after being exposed to depleted uranium ammunition have won court cases against Italy's military. Some of the cases were brought by their bereaved relatives.

The judgments have mounted in recent years, with Italian courts repeatedly finding a link between cancer and service in the Balkans where such weapons were fired.

Although Italy does not have depleted uranium weapons in its own arsenal, Italian police and soldiers were deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo where NATO allies fired the controversial ammunition in the 1990s.

Depleted uranium (DU) is a chemically toxic and radioactive heavy metal produced as waste from nuclear power plants. Britain uses it to make armour-piercing tank shells, which are now being supplied to Ukraine

Scientific debate continues about DU's long-term risks to human health and the environment in post-conflict zones. British ministers insist it is low risk, and that there is only "some potential heavy metal contamination localised around the impact zone."

But in the Balkans and Iraq, many believe it has caused cancer. That view was shared in 2009 by a coroner in England, who held an inquest into the death of Stuart Dyson, a British army veteran.


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