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According to Jane’s Intelligence Review, Dimona has exceeded its 30-year lifespan by 12 years and the nuclear power plant’s concrete walls have deep cracks due to earthquakes in the Negev Desert and the Dead Sea region.
Israel built the nuclear power plant to produce nuclear weapons. Dimona and five other Israel plants have produced over 250 nuclear warheads so far.
Despite its insufficient safety procedures and the dangers of leaking plutonium and uranium, Dimona has produced over 1,400 tons of highly-enriched uranium over the past 40 years.
Israel produces 32 tons of atomic waste per year, most of which is buried in the Negev Desert in the vicinity of the Egyptian border. This has caused a rise in cancer among the inhabitants of the Negev Desert and the nomadic Bedouins of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Experts have predicted that if there were a meltdown or explosion at Dimona at least three million people would be killed in occupied Palestine and other neighboring states such as Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon and about 17 million would be affected by the radioactive fallout.