AGI / Italy – 2004-10-24 11:01:45
ROME (October 19, 2004) — According to the Italian Military Health Observatory, a total of 109 Italian soldiers have died thus far due to exposure to depleted uranium.
The observatory stressed the fact that 41 percent of active personnel casualties relate to disease.
According to Domenico Leggiero at the Military Health Observatory, “The total of 109 casualties exceeds the total number of persons dying as a consequence of road accidents. Anyone denying the significance of such data is purely acting out of ill faith, and the truth is that our soldiers are dying out there due to a lack of adequate protection against depleted uranium.”
Leggiero pointed out the fact that the Senate has to date failed to establish [an investigative] committee on this matter: “It is proof of a worrying lack of oversight on matters which are frankly dramatic”.
Members of the Observatory have petitioned an urgent hearing “in order to study effective prevention and safeguard measures aimed at reducing the death-toll amongst our serving soldiers.”
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