- ROME, Italy (AGI) - 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 pct 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 a probe 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 a urgent hearing
"in order to study effective prevention and safeguard measures aimed
at reducing the death-toll amongst our serving soldiers".