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He said that the central technical team linked to KACST will swing into action in the event of any radioactive accidents.

“We are relying on our monitoring stations, which transmit accurate information regularly to the KACST-based central workstation, and we also have portable monitoring devices which can analyze soil, air and water samples during an emergency to ascertain the levels of radiation,” he explained. After double-checking the samples to ascertain levels of radiation, the necessary steps are taken or people evacuated from the affected zone,” said Basfar, who also supervises several atomic research programs.

He said even small doses of radiation could cause cancer and damage blood

http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24205

Oil Spill Controlled

The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment Protection said yesterday that it had controlled an oil spill in an area surrounding King Fahd Causeway in cooperation with other government agencies. An official source at the presidency said that the spill was 1,000 meters long and 250 meters wide.

http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24309

Prepared by News Services SectionDH/3858 http://www.un.org/News/26 March 2003

W E D N E S D A Y    H I G H L I G H T S

Iraq

*Annan appeals to Security Council to unite and bring relief to Iraqi people

*Security Council begins first debate on Iraq since outbreak of military action

*Annan ‘increasingly concerned’ by civilian casualties in Iraq

*UN relief agencies express deep concern at reported bombing of Baghdad market

Other news

*Côte d’Ivoire: UNICEF finds children living in ‘near catastrophic conditions’

*WHO confirms respiratory disease in China with nearly 800 cases

*Prominent Argentinean lawyer to be elected ICC prosecutor

*Croatia: UN tribunal orders authorities to serve indictment against former general

*UN expert calls for fair, rights-based trade policies to ensure right to development

*UN Human Rights Commission hears warning on new, subtler forms of racism

*Businesses in Panama sign on to Annan’s corporate responsibility agenda

*UN food official calls on governments and business to prevent land degradation

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Iraq: Secretary-General

26 March – Invoking “the terrifying impact” of war on Iraq, grief for the dead and anguish for the living, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed today to a divided Security Council to unite on a common purpose, and to the international community to respond swiftly and generously to a new “flash appeal” for humanitarian aid for the Iraqi people.

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