[ RadSafe ] UNEP versus Chris Busby on DU

Franta, Jaroslav frantaj at aecl.ca
Wed Nov 8 08:52:39 CST 2006

UN: No Evidence of Uranium-Based Israeli Munitions in Lebanon

UN experts have found no evidence to support a press report that Israel used
depleted uranium (DU) munitions during the July-August conflict in Lebanon,
the UN Environment Program (UNEP) says. "The samples taken by the UNEP
scientists show no evidence of penetrators or metal made of DU or other
radioactive material," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. "In
addition, no DU shrapnel, or other radioactive residue was found. The
analysis of all smear samples taken shows no DU, nor enriched uranium nor
higher than natural uranium content in the samples." The UNEP statement said
inspectors looking specifically at the DU issue had visited 32 sites south
and north of the Litani River.
    In October, the British Independent quoted Chris Busby, the British
scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, as saying
that craters at Khiam and At-Tiri in southern Lebanon caused by Israeli
bombs showed "elevated radiation signatures." (AFP/ABC-Australia) 


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