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Kansan Uutiset - Finland | Friday, November 27, 2015

Syria war also destroying the environment

The ongoing war in Syria is also having a disastrous impact on the environment and public health, according to a report put out by the Dutch peace organisation Pax. The online edition of the left-leaning weekly paper Kansan Uutiset is alarmed: "Already by the end of 2014, 1.3 million buildings had been destroyed, releasing toxic substances like metals, plastics and asbestos into the atmosphere. ... The destruction of petroleum facilities has resulted in long-term air, soil and water pollution. By September 196 oil plants had been damaged by airstrikes carried out by the US-led allies. Attacks by ground troops have caused damage to refineries. The war has disrupted the waste disposal system, resulting in widespread pollution and threatening people's health. Since all of these repercussions are long-term, their ill effects will be felt not only by those left in Syria but also by those who return in the future."

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