Human Rights Watch: 'The appearance of cluster munitions produced more recently than the ones used before the Russian air campaign began combined with recent extensive cluster munition use, suggest that either Russian aircraft dropped them or Russian authorities recently provided the Syrian government with more cluster munitions, or both'

posted 20 Dec 2015, 09:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Dec 2015, 09:58 ]
"Cluster munitions are explosive weapons that can be delivered from the ground by artillery and rockets, or dropped from aircraft. A total of 118 countries have banned cluster munitions due to the harm caused at the time of attack and because their submunitions often fail to explode and threaten civilians and military alike, until cleared and destroyed. Human Rights Watch urges Syria and Russia to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Through a review of photographs and videos posted online, as well as interviews with local residents, Human Rights Watch identified seven types of air-dropped and ground-launched cluster munitions recently used in the northern Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib. [...] Human Rights Watch has not been able to determine whether Russian or Syrian forces were responsible in individual cases, as they use many of the same weapons and frequently conduct their operations jointly. The appearance of cluster munitions produced more recently than the ones used before the Russian air campaign began – including two that have not been documented in use in Syria before – combined with recent extensive cluster munition use, suggest that either Russian aircraft dropped them or Russian authorities recently provided the Syrian government with more cluster munitions, or both, Human Rights Watch said."
        
            - Human Rights Watch


Source: 'Russia/Syria: Extensive Recent Use of Cluster Munitions; Indiscriminate Attacks Despite Syria’s Written Guarantees,' Human Rights Watch, 20 December 2015
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