Mysterious deaths

Published: Sunday 30 September 2001

at least 1,000 tonnes of fish were recently found dead near the shores of Kuwait. Following the incident, the government has imposed a ban on fishing, though the cause of the deaths is still not known. A committee set up by the government to examine the issue has failed to establish the cause of their deaths. Environment officials have suggested that a heat wave that has sent temperatures soaring to more than 50 c might be responsible. On the other hand, a media report cited other possible causes including dumped toxic waste, radioactive sediment or contaminated material such as depleted uranium from Iraq or Iran. However, oil minister Adil Al-Subih denied any link between the oil exploration activities and the mysterious deaths of fish.

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