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News number: 8711011123

14:31 | 2009-01-20

Nuclear

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UN N. Watchdog Urged to Probe Israeli Ammo

TEHRAN (FNA)- Arab nations called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to launch an investigation into reports that Israel used depleted uranium ammunitions in the war on Gaza.



In a letter on behalf of Arab ambassadors accredited in Austria, Saudi Arabia's envoy to Vienna Prince Mansour Al-Saoud called on the IAEA to investigate traces of uranium that had been found in the victims of the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

A final draft of the letter urged the IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei to "carry out a radiological and physical assessment in order to verify the presence of depleted uranium in the weaponry used by Israel ... in the Gaza Strip," The Associated Press reported Monday.

We express "our deep concern regarding the information ... that traces of depleted uranium have been found in Palestinian victims," read the letter.

In an earlier report, Norwegian medics told Press TV that some of the victims who have been wounded or killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies.

At least 1,300 people, including more than 400 children, have been killed in Israel's three-week-long unilateral war against the costal strip.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming confirmed that UN's nuclear watchdog has received the letter, saying a response might be issued later in the day.

Regarding the uranium ammunition, an IAEA article read that "There is a risk of developing cancer from exposure to radiation emitted by ... depleted uranium. This risk is assumed to be proportional to the dose received."

Israel had also been accused of using other banned arms including phosphorus bombs and cluster ammunitions against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.