15 Apr '11, 11pm

Rights group confirms use of cluster bombs in Libya - Straits Times

MISRATA (Libya) - FORCES loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are firing cluster bombs into the besieged rebel city of Misrata, the Human Rights Watch group confirmed on Friday, saying it had examined the munitions. 'Human Rights Watch observed at least three cluster munitions explode over the El-Shawahda neighbourhood in Misrata on the night of April 14, 2011,' the New York-based group said in a statement. It said researchers had inspected the sub-munition and interviewed ambulance drivers who saw two other strikes that appeared to have been carried out with cluster bombs. Use of the munitions in Misrata was first reported by The New York Times. Cluster bombs, in which a delivery bomb releases many little bomblets over a zone, are forbidden under international law since August 2010 because of the indiscriminate deaths they can cause in civilian populations. 'It's appalling that Libya...

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