Syria and Russia using cluster bombs, group charges

Human Rights Watch is charging that Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have been making “extensive” use of cluster munitions against rebel groups since late September.

The New York-based rights watchdog says in a report it had documented the use of cluster munitions on 20 occasions since Russian and Syrian forces launched their assault on September 30.

HRW “collected detailed information about attacks in nine locations that have killed at least 35 civilians, including five women and 17 children, and injured dozens,” the report states.

All the bombs were either made in Russia or the former Soviet Union, the rights group said.

“Syria’s promises on indiscriminate weapons ring hollow when cluster munitions keep hitting civilians in many parts of the country,” HRW’s Ole Solvang says in the report.


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