Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Israelis Admit Using Banned Cluster Bombs on Lebanese

Human Rights Watch charged earlier this week that Israel had used cluster munitions on the Lebanese village of Blida on July 19, killing one woman and wounding at least 12 other civilians, including seven children...The munitions disperse bomblets over a wide area and have been banned by some countries because of the high number of civilian casualties that they cause....

But Israel says the weapons it uses are allowed under international law...[an Israeli] general acknowledged that Israel had used cluster munitions in the conflict...“We try to minimize their use,” Major General Benny Gantz, who is in charge of the Israeli military’s ground forces, said. “We only use them in designated areas..."

NY Times July 26 2006 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/world/middleeast/26cnd-lebanon.html

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