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- Monday, January 07, 2013 - From Print Edition


MIRANSHAH: At least 255 lives were lost in 40 strikes by the CIA-operated drones while 54 people sustained injuries in various parts of North Waziristan in 2012.


The US drones carried out at least 40 strikes in North Waziristan and fired 123 missiles at various targets. Along with some known foreign and local militants, innocent tribal people including women and children were also killed in these attacks.


Another 54 persons, mostly women and children up to 15 years of age, were injured in the drone attacks. Most of the injured were maimed for life.


Health experts said chemicals of hazardous nature were used in the missile strikes that caused outbreak of various viral diseases in North Waziristan.They said there had been an increase in incidence of cancer, hepatitis B&C, depression, scabies and throat diseases in the area.


Deputy Medical Superintendent of the Agency Headquarters Hospital, Miranshah, Dr Ali Muhammad said the spread of viral diseases among the children could probably be the consequence of the drone strikes in North Waziristan.