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War in Gaza causes high emissions of polluting gases

London, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip also causes high emissions of polluting gases; only during the first 120 days of the conflict, the levels of these toxic substances concentrated until today exceeded those of 26 individual countries.

Since the beginning of the conflict on October 7, 2023, more than 35,000 Palestinians and 1,139 Israelis have been killed, and more than 100 Israelis and foreigners are still being held hostage by Hamas.

Added to this is the significant environmental impact of this armed conflict, which has already caused total emissions from direct war activities of between 420,265 and 652,552 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e).

This was confirmed by a new study carried out by British and American experts, which indicates that this figure increases drastically if pre- and post-war construction activities are considered, reaching between 47,669,097 and 61,443,739 tCO2e.

“The environmental impact of the conflict is significant and deserves attention. Military operations, according to a previous study, are responsible for about 5,5% of global carbon emissions,” one of the authors of the study, Benjamin Neimark, a senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, said.