The increase in the incidence of cancer in Serbia after NATO air strikes

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The incidence of cancer of Serbia’s children 20 years after the NATO bombing of 1999 is 2.5 times higher than the average European indicators, Danica Grüjičić, head of the neuro-oncology department of the Serbian Clinical Center, told RIA.

The NATO bombing of the Union Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, which led to the death and injury of thousands of people, was launched under the pretext of protecting the Albanian population of the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija from the actions of the Serbian army and police.

At the beginning of June last year, a coordinating body was formed to study the effects of the bombing of the Serbian government. It includes scientists, lawyers, military and doctors.

“Our children under the age of 15 fall ill with oncological diseases 2.5 times more often than the average in Europe, adults and children together – almost three times more often than the world average oncology indicators,” said Dr. Grujicic told the agency.

“We have so many children died that I began to ask myself, maybe we are mistaken about something. We operate, as before, they receive radiation therapy, chemotherapy and die a year later,” said the neurosurgeon.

In 1999, the armed confrontation of the Albanian separatists from the Kosovo Liberation Army, the Serbian army and police led to the bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (at that time consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) by NATO forces, bypassing the UN Security Council position.

NATO air strikes continued from March 24 to June 10, 1999. The exact number of victims is unknown. According to estimates of the Serbian authorities, about 2.5 thousand people, including 89 children, died during the bombings. 12.5 thousand people were injured. Material damage, according to various sources, is estimated at between 30 and 100 billion dollars.

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