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Oil Rafinery Pancevo


July 23, 1999



- NATO Spokesman Jamie Shea:

"I haven't seen many protests from people in the surrounding countries and therefore if this environment ecological impact were as great as is being claimed I think there would be a lot more reports, a lot more calls from people outside Yugoslavia in the surrounding countries than has been the case so I think there is a great deal of exaggeration here and I don't have any evidence, I've seen no reports of either any long-term damage to the environment from these operations."

- Submission for the International Criminal Tribunal:

"The Pancevo complex is a combined fertilizer factory and oil refinery located on the banks of the Danube. It was deliberately and systematically bombed on April 18th, 1999 by NATO forces, creating a huge toxic, carcinogenic cloud of gas phosgene, chlorine and hydrochloric acid over Belgrade, with a toxicity level 7,200 - 10,000 times the permissible level, as well as 15-20 kilometer long slicks in the Danube. To make this ecological catastrophe worse, workers at the Pancevo plant released highly carcinogenic, ether dichloride, stored at the Pancevo complex, into the Danube to avert a possible NATO bombardment of these tanks that would have surely poisoned the residents of Belgrade and its surrounding suburbs. Over 50 residents of Pancevo were reported to be suffering from nerve gas poisoning as a result of the toxic fall out from the explosion."


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