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US regime denies responsibility for Israel's cluster-bombing in Lebanon



*** The US regime is trying to blame Israel for the illegal cluster bombing of civilian areas in Lebanon, but guess who supplied the bombs? Mysteriously, at least "25% to 30% of the Israeli cluster bombs failed to detonate on impact", in other words they were being used as landmines. This is "a far higher dud rate" than conventional cluster-bombs, which are not designed to be used as landmines or booby traps, and are not supposed to be dropped on people's homes, schools, hospitals, etc. ***

US attacks Israel's cluster bomb use

The controversy about Israel's use of cluster bombs during its conflict with Hizbollah in July last year will reopen today when the US State Department publishes its draft report, which concludes that the American-made weapons were misused in civilian areas.

Israel received widespread condemnation last year after it was accused of littering Lebanon with thousands of unexploded bombs in the final hours of its war.

At the time Chris Clarke, the United Nations official in charge of bomb disposal in southern Lebanon, said his staff had identified 390 strikes by Israel's cluster munitions. "This is ... the worst post-conflict cluster bomb contamination I have ever seen," he said.

The State Department will reportedly say that Israel breached agreements with the US over its use of the weapons, which can kill or injure a disproportionate number of children when they fail to explode and then are picked up or trod on.

A congressional investigation found Israel improperly used US-made cluster bombs during its 1982 invasion of Lebanon. President Ronald Reagan's administration imposed a six-year ban on sales of the weapons to Israel. However, the country also makes its own cluster munitions.


SOURCE

The Independent, "US attacks Israel's cluster bomb use", 29 January 2007.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2193662.ece



FURTHER READING

BBC News, "Clearing up cluster bombs in Lebanon", 14 September 2006.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5342500.stm
    Shuffling through the debris in her carpet slippers, Rya Balaf shows me where she found unexploded sub-munitions from Israeli cluster bombs in the living room of her house in Siddiqine, south of Tyre.
    They have now been cleared away, and beneath the hole in the ceiling she tries to restore a bit of order.
    She offers me a cup of tea or coffee, despite not having any running water or electricity.
    ...
    It is emerging that [at least] 25% to 30% of the Israeli cluster bombs [mysteriously] failed to detonate on impact, a far higher dud rate than expected. You find them on staircases and in gardens and hanging in the peach trees.
    The UN has declared mine clearance a priority.
    ...
    British NGO, MAG (Mines Advisory Group), had four teams operating in South Lebanon before the conflict, using mainly Lebanese staff to clear the 450,000 landmines that were left when the Israelis ended their occupation in 2002.
    Now they are working round the clock to cope with a full-scale emergency, waiting for another 20 teams to arrive.
    ...

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