US arms raise birth defects in Fallujah


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Iraqi doctors and parents accuse the US military of using unconventional arms in its operations in the city of Fallujah, causing a high level of birth defects among children in the city.

Hospital officials and people in Fallujah say they noticed two or three cases of birth defects each day since US forces crushed two uprisings in the city in 2004, the BBC quoted a doctor as saying on Thursday.

Local people blame the weapons used by the US troops during the fighting while doctors in US-funded hospitals recently put up in Iraq seem too scared to speak out about the problem.

But pediatricians speaking to the BBC confirmed as many as two or three cases of birth defect a day, which would amount to some 1,000 cases of such cases — mostly cardiac problems — a year.
 

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