UAE is using Libya as a landfill for toxic waste, Libyan expert revealed

UAE is using Libya as a landfill for toxic waste, Libyan expert revealed

July 28, 2016 - 20:57
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

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Numerous food commodities and medicines that are exported by the UAE to Libya by an allegedly Emirati fake firm are either expired or not for human use, an expert at the Libyan Center for Foods and Medicines told UAE 71 news website.

The expert, who preferred to remain anonymous for family safety reasons, said the UAE knows that the foods and medicines’ cargos they are sending to Libya are not good anymore for human use, but they send them anyway because the cost of shipping them to Libya is much less than the cost of destroying them in Abu Dhabi, reported UAE 71.

“The cost of sending a container full of medicines, child milk, or foods can be less than $4000, while the cost of destroying the same container in the UAE according to the international standards can be around $26000, let alone the pollution of both environment and bad effects on human beings.” The expert told UAE71.

He also added that out of 267 cargos destroyed by the Libyan authorities, 203 ones came from the UAE, which constitutes 78%, pointing out that the destroyed cargos were full of toxic substances that cause a number of diseases, such as sterility, cancer – especially for children – and kidney failure.

The eastern region, especially Tobruk and Benghazi where the renegade General Khalifa Haftar is in control, is easing procedures and collaborating with the UAE by allowing the cargos to arrive in the markets despite being rejected at the Libyan Center for Foods and Medicines, the expert elaborated.

He also indicated that the cargos arrive via Al-Salloum border with Egypt, whose President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has many times announced his support for Haftar, and via AL-Batnan Tobruk port by using force or bribery for the controlling militias.