Toxic contamination and pollution due to the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other forms of ammunition is believed to be a major cause of rising birth defects and cancers in Iraq, according to a new study released on Monday in the scientific magazine Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.
“A variety of birth defects, some never seen before, are observed in hospitals routinely by researchers and physicians,” the report states.
The heavy use of military artillery in combat zones is responsible for releasing harmful chemicals into the environment, which has resulted in extensive public exposure to neurotoxic metals, the study found.
“Recent studies in Iraq indicate widespread public exposure to neurotoxic metals (Pb and mercury) accompanied by unprecedented…
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