Israeli Cluster Munitions Hit Civilians in Lebanon. Israel Must Not Use Indiscriminate Weapons

Source: Human Rights Watch
Israel has used artillery-fired cluster munitions in populated areas of Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said today. Researchers on the ground in Lebanon confirmed that a cluster munitions attack on the village of Blida on July 19 killed one and wounded at least 12 civilians, including seven children.

Human Rights Watch researchers also photographed cluster munitions in the arsenal of Israeli artillery teams on the Israel-Lebanon border.“Cluster munitions are unacceptably inaccurate and unreliable weapons when used around civilians,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “They should never be used in populated areas.”
According to eyewitnesses and survivors of the attack interviewed by Human Rights Watch, Israel fired several artillery-fired cluster munitions at Blida around 3 p.m. on July 19. The witnesses described how the artillery shells dropped hundreds of cluster submunitions on the village. They clearly described the submunitions as smaller projectiles that emerged from their larger shells.
The cluster attack killed 60-year-old Maryam Ibrahim inside her home. At least two submunitions from the attack entered the basement that the Ali family was using as a shelter, wounding 12 persons, including seven children. Ahmed Ali, a 45-year-old taxi driver and head of the family, lost both legs from injuries caused by the cluster munitions. Five of his children were wounded: Mira, 16; Fatima, 12; ‘Ali, 10; Aya, 3; and `Ola, 1. His wife Akram Ibrahim, 35, and his mother-in-law `Ola Musa, 80, were also wounded. Four relatives, all German-Lebanese dual nationals sheltering with the family, were wounded as well: Mohammed Ibrahim, 45; his wife Fatima, 40; and their children ‘Ali, 16, and Rula, 13.
Human Rights Watch researchers photographed artillery-delivered cluster munitions among the arsenal of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) artillery teams stationed on the Israeli-Lebanese border during a research visit on July 23. The photographs show M483A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions, which are U.S.-produced and -supplied, artillery-delivered cluster munitions. The photographs contain the distinctive marks of such cluster munitions, including a diamond-shaped stamp, and a shape that is longer than ordinary artillery, according to a retired IDF commander who asked not to be identified.
Pallets of 155mm artillery projectiles including DPICM cluster munitions (center and right with yellow diamonds) in the arsenal of an IDF artillery unit on July 23 in northern Israel. Each DPICM shell contains 88 sub-munitions, which have a dud rate of up to 14 percent.
© Human Rights Watch 2006


At Tuesday, July 25, 2006 8:29:00 PM, Blogger Solomon2 said...

Where does one draw the line? What would have been a "proportional response" from Israel, after its soldiers had been kidnapped and their attempted rescue repulsed?

At Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:14:00 PM, Blogger hillz said...

this is the comment u had on this report?

At Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:50:00 AM, Blogger Jay Higa said...

2006-07-25: I have great empathy for victims of war in both Lebanon and Isreal. Civilian casualties are a horrible result of hostilities for both the Lebanese and Isreali people. But everyone must remember that Hezbollah started the war. Isreal has every right to defend her sovereignty from Hezbollah's incursions across its northen border and the hundreds of rockets that it indiscriminantly launches onto Isreali civilians every day.

If the Lebanese people want a peaceful and free society then its government and citizens must deal with Hezbollah by enforcing UN resolution 1559 which calls for the disarmament of all militias within it's borders.

If the citizens in South Lebanon and South Beirut want to be out of harms way then they should heed the warnings printed on the leaflets dropped by the IDF that warned civilians to move northward away from Hezbollah operations.

It escapes me as well as millions of Americans that a vast majority of Lebanese are not able see the BIG lie that Hezbollah is.

The good but mis-guided majority in Lebanon have stood by for 25 years while the Shia population and Hezbollah in South Lebanon has created its own impoverished state within a state. A state that manufactures hatred of Isreal, the West, bombs for its suicide bombers, rockets, guns, ammunition, and thousands of martyrs. Since the formation of Hezbollah in 1982 the Shiites in South Lebanon has unabatedly and openly called for the annihilation of Isreal and all infidels or non-believers of Islam. How long before they turn on the non-believers inside of Lebanon? Hezbollah and its Shiites have literally created their own political clout through sheer population growth. They oppress and impoverish their own people and women, most of whom have many babies that are raised with extremist Islamic views and spew the same vitriol as their Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

How clueless is the the liberal mainstream US and International media? How clueless are those who watch and believe CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, Al Aribia, Al Jazeera, and other anti-Jewish media on TV when their stories paint Nasrallah as a compassionate leader who's organization provides food, clothing, shelter and social welfare for the very people that it impoverished in the first place? Nasrallah is a brutal dictator who is fincancially and militarily supported by radical Imam's and clerics mostly inside Iran and Syria who have hijacked Islam.

Why are Hezbollah and it's sympathizers appalled that Isreali Ehud Olmert is keeping his promise to turn the clock back on Hezbollah by 20-years?

Should not the same sympathizers, some people of Lebanon, and the appeasers in the media should be more appalled by the fact that these same Islamic-radicals are attempting to use the sword to turn the world clock back 1400 years to the 6th century when Islam did conquer 75% of the civilized world by the sword? I am sure those same people who are not appalled by this fact and those in the West do not want to turn the clock back to 1500 years to the Dark Ages.


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