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Paralyzed Children Born in Iran due to US, British Uranium Bombs in Iraq.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Reports coming from Southwestern Iran say the number of paralyzed children born in Ahwaz city has increased due to the Iranian mothers' inhalation of toxic air contaminated with depleted uranium used in the US and British bombs against people in neighboring Iraq.

"Unfortunately, in a number of births the children are born paralyzed due to the dust and depleted uranium in the air flying to Iran from Iraq," representative of Ahwaz city in the parliament Shokre Khoda Moussavi told FNA on Monday.

He said that the present equipments in Ahwaz city hospitals cannot afford the diagnosis and treatment of the children paralyzed due to contamination with depleted uranium.

His remarks came after recent medical reports indicated that cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, specially in cities subjected to heavy American and British bombardment.

Dr. Ahmad Hardan, who served as a special scientific adviser to the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, says that there is scientific evidence linking depleted uranium to cancer and birth defects.

"Children with congenital anomalies are subjected to karyotyping and chromosomal studies with complete genetic back-grounding and clinical assessment. Family and obstetrical histories are taken too. These international studies have produced ample evidence to show that depleted uranium has disastrous consequences," he said

Also the Iraqi doctors say cancer cases increased after both the 1991 war and the 2003 invasion.

Abdulhaq Al-Ani, author of "Uranium in Iraq" recently reiterated that the incubation period for depleted uranium is five to six years, which is consistent with the spike in cancer rates in 1996-1997 and 2008-2009.

Not everyone is ready to draw a direct correlation between allied bombing of these areas and tumors, and the Pentagon has been skeptical of any attempts to link the two. But Iraqi doctors and some Western scholars say the massive quantities of depleted uranium used in US and British bombs, and the sharp increase in cancer rates are not unconnected.

In Fallujah, which was heavily bombarded by the US in 2004, as many as 25% of newborn infants have serious abnormalities, including congenital anomalies, brain tumors, and neural tube defects in the spinal cord.

The cancer rate in the province of Babil, south of Baghdad has risen from 500 diagnosed cases in 2004 to 9,082 in 2009.

The water, soil and air in large areas of Iraq, including Baghdad, are contaminated with depleted uranium that has a radioactive half-life of 4.5 billion years.

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Date:Aug 6, 2012
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