Thursday, December 13, 2007

Jeddah Residents Complain against ‘Towers of Trouble’

Thursday, 13 December 2007
By Adel Al-Malki
National Society for Human Rights is taking the help of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment to monitor the level of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone towers that have mushroomed in residential areas. The step was taken after residents filed complaints to the Society about the health hazard from these communication towers.
Many studies suggest that these towers are dangerous because of vibration and electromagnetic radiation, said Bandar Al-Hajar, the Head of the National Society for Human Rights.
Of late many communication towers have sprung up in densely populated neighborhoods. Some building owners have even allowed such towers to be put on rooftops.
Ali Al-Otaibi, a resident of Jeddah's Al-Marwah District, suggested the formation of a ministerial committee to decide on the distance of these towers from populated areas to minimize the health risk.
However, Jeddah Municipality said the presence of these towers in residential areas do not pose any health hazard. It based its announcement on a recent study by the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, which confirmed that the maximum range of electromagnetic field of these towers reach around 2 volts/m and do not pass a distance of 40 to 100 meters.

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