Belgium bans uranium weapons

A new law banning uranium weapons comes into force in Belgium from today. Belgium is the first country in the world to introduce such a ban on weapons containing depleted uranium.
Depleted uranium is used to enhance the penetrative capacity of munitions.

Bullets containing uranium can go through a tank’s armour, whereas as standard bullets would fail to do so.

However, depleted uranium continues to pose big heath threats long after the munitions has been fired.

Exposure to uranium can affect the normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart and central nervous system, because as well as being weakly radioactive, uranium is a toxic metal.

Uranium has also been linked to cancer and has been known to cause genetic disorders.