Israeli War Crimes Continued
The U.N. estimated Israel dropped up to 4 million bomblets in southern Lebanon during the conflict, with as many as 40 percent failing to explode on impact.
IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) used cluster bombs and fired them into civilian populated areas. Using artillery batteries, Multiple Launch Systems and aircraft, Israel is thought to have delivered thousands of cluster bombs, containing a total of some four million bomblets during the war.
The United Nations estimates a 30% to 40% actual failure rate for cluster bomblets in Lebanon, leaving them to kill and maim innocent Lebanese.
On July 23, however, the Israeli military censor Colonel Sima Valknin-Gil issued a directive banning all reporting of the *"use of unique kinds of ammunition and weaponry” by the Israeli military in Lebanon. The directive was sent to all Israeli media, including editors, producers, broadcasters and correspondents.
Israel fired as many as 4 million cluster bombs into Lebanon during the war, especially in the last hours before the August 14 cease-fire. UN demining experts say up to 1 million cluster bombs failed to explode immediately and continue to threaten Lebanese civilians.
Cluster bombs burst into bomblets and spread out near the ground. While some aim to destroy tanks, others are designed to kill or maim humans over a wide area. An unexploded cluster bomb may look like a soda can or a dusty rock and can be set off by as little as a touch, packing enough force to rip off a leg or kill a child.
Cluster munitions are bombs or rockets that contain 200 to 600 smaller bombs, or "bomblets" that are designed to scatter over a wide area when the larger bomb is detonated. Bomblets are typically the size of a soda can or a D-cell battery and are designed to explode soon after impact. But not all of them do. Instead, unexploded bombs often litter the target area-silent and nondescript-until picked up by a child, kicked by a passerby, or stepped on by an unsuspecting farmer or grazing animal. They are hidden killers.
According to the UN, the cluster bomb contamination in Lebanon is the worst ever seen, worse than the contamination in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The reason for this is the sheer volume of cluster bombs dropped on a "postage stamp" size country like Lebanon. There will be a residual land mine and unexploded ordnance problem in Lebanon for years to come.
Seventy percent of south Lebanon's economy is based on agriculture, mostly tobacco, olives, bananas, citrus fruit and melons. Farmers cannot tend their fields because the bombing and shelling have destroyed crops, and they cannot plant spring crops because the fields and orchards are still contaminated by unexploded cluster bombs. Israel will not give up the bombing site coordinates to the UN fearing closer scrutiny from the world media.
Close to 200,000 people lost shelter from the bombing in this country of 4 million, and 119,000 houses were either totally destroyed or damaged, mostly in villages and towns in the south, in the suburbs of the capital Beirut and in the town of Baalbek.
The UN has been "SCREAMING" for information on where Israel fired cluster bombs. Israel is reluctant to give up battlefield information that would provide the dates and coordinates, because this would leave them open to international scrutiny on it's use of cluster bombs in civilian areas.
The UN estimates that Israel fired 90 percent of those munition in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when Israel knew that the ceasefire (UN Security Council Resolution 1701) was imminent.
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