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Wednesday , August 21 2019

Americans not informed Kuwait about extent of radiation used during the Iraqi invasion

Vital to review conditions of Doha Port

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: Former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Kuwait University Prof. Faisal Al-Sharifi stressed that the Americans so far have not informed Kuwait about the extent of radiation they used during the Iraqi invasion, wondering if the Americans said the truth about the way they disposed the radiation devices, reports Al-Qabas daily.

He indicated that the Americans stayed in Doha Port for a long time, which necessitates reviewing the conditions of that area and other areas such as Mutla’a and the surrounding parts.

Prof Al-Sharifihighlighted the stories circulating about the high level of radiation in those areas despite denial by Ministry of Health. He said the actions taken so far do not relieve the relevant bodies including Environment Public Authority and Ministry of Health from the responsibility of conducting a comprehensive survey of all the areas of Kuwait especially the land and sea borders in order to ensure they are safe and do not have any harmful radiations, adding that the concerned state bodies are continuing to deny recording any data about the increase in the level of harmful radiation.

Meanwhile, Professor of Chemistry at Kuwait University and activist in the field of environmental protection Dr Hamad Al-Matar stressed that Kuwait still has nuclear remnants after 27 years of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and 15 years of the liberation of Iraq, reports Al-Qabas daily.

He called upon the concerned authorities to deal with the issue more transparently and respond to the enquiries of the citizens in this regard. Dr Al-Matar indicated about some facts as per which Kuwait was the battleground for military operations in which a number of countries took part either during the liberation of Kuwait or during the liberation of Iraq. Based on this, there is a strong possibility that Kuwait has dangerous radiation levels especially of enriched uranium.

He criticized the non-transparent attitude adopted by the government in handling this issue. Dr Al-Matar affirmed that everyone followed the reports that circulated on media concerning the burial of the remains of American vehicles and equipment, which were used for the war to liberate Kuwait, in the desert areas of Kuwait with the knowledge of the American Ambassador to Kuwait, indicating that this fact has not been revealed yet.

He indicated that Umm Al- Qawati area could be the place where American vehicles and equipment, which were used in the war as well as the uranium, were buried. Dr Al-Matar insisted that the establishment of Mutla’a City at that location must be studied and clarified by the government in a more transparent manner.

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