Fallujah birth defects investigated

An investigation of a rise in birth defects in Fallujah is underway, which is being attributed to the use of chemical weapons by British and American soldiers.

Public Interest Lawyers, representing Iraqi families, has requested that the Ministry of Defence release information regarding whether any British soldiers were involved in the fighting or helped to supply the use of prohibited weapons during the seize on Fullujah in 2004, and any legal advice given to Tony Blair at the time. During the attack, coalition forces are alleged to have used white phosphorus, a modern form of napalm, and depleted uranium against the population. Iraqi families accuse the UK government to breaching international law, war crimes and failing to intervene to prevent a war crime.

The World Health Organization is now investigating a rising number of birth defects, which Iraqi doctors contribute to the use of chemical weapons. Malak Hamdan, a British Iraqi researcher working with doctors in Fallujah, explained that there are now unprecedented numbers cancer cases, miscarriages, and birth defects involving damage to the heart and the nervous, as well as cases of babies being born with two heads, upper and lower limb defects and eye abnormalities.

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