Published: 21/11/2002, Volume II2, No. 5832 Page 8

A war on Iraq could cause up to 500,000 deaths, according to a new report by UK-based international health organisation Medact in association with medical groups in 10 other countries.The report contains new statistics of estimated casualties from the war, including those likely to follow the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.And it points out that most casualties are likely to be civilians. It was launched in the UK last week by Medact president Dr June Crown, the former president of the faculty of public health medicine, and published simultaneously in the US, Canada, Australia and eight other countries.Medact is the UK affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

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