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Syria steps up cluster bomb attacks - HRW

2012-10-23 19:11

Beirut - Human Rights Watch accused Syria on Tuesday of stepping up its use of internationally banned cluster bombs despite assertions by Damascus that it is not deploying the munitions at all.

A report by the New York-based watchdog said data "shows an important increase in the use of cluster bombs in the past two weeks" in Idlib, Homs, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Damascus provinces.

"Syria's denial is meaningless as evidence mounts that cluster bombs are raining down on towns and villages," said Steve Goose, HRW arms director.

The air force "is imposing a reign of terror on civilians in rebel-held areas across the country with cluster bombs and other explosive weapons", he added in a statement, claiming there had been an upturn in the past two weeks.

Intensifying campaign

"The cluster bomb strikes are part of an intensifying air campaign by government forces on rebel-held areas that has included dropping high explosive, fragmentation and even improvised 'barrel' bombs into populated areas."

The report also said that a review of markings on the bombs and sub-munitions "show that they were manufactured in the 1970s and early 1980s at Soviet state munitions factories".

On 14 October, Goose accused the regime of President Bashar Assad of dropping cluster bombs into populated areas.

The following day, the Syrian army denied using cluster munitions, saying it did not even have such weapons in its arsenal.

Syria has not ratified a convention banning cluster bombs that has been adopted by 109 countries since 2008.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-23 19:21

    "internationally banned cluster bombs". Banned by who, this is false and whoever wrote this article is a propagandist. The journalist of today render the truth opaque, not uncover it.

      Wikus Erasmus - 2012-10-23 19:25

      Islam fighting Islam..... why don't you rather support the side NOT killing its own people...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 20:12

      Fidel, aka a RACIST Your mind is not only bloated with HATRED, it is disturbed with VIOLENCE !!!

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-23 20:31

      Cluster bombs and naplam are banned according to the un . You idiot. See how much you like it if cluster bombs are going off in your neighbourhood .

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 20:32

      AWB Patrick, All this BS ONLY plays of in your confused mind. You have not a clue of whats happening in Syria, you can just go on endless about the West this and the west that, and in the meantime , the West is hardly involved with Syria. But it is not surprising; You were wrong with TUNESIA--------than EGYPT--------and than LIBYA....very very much !!!!!! But like a good loyal member of the violent loony left, you don't give up, and will bore us endlesly with your dumb crap!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-23 20:40

      At this stage of the story, Fidel and Patrick are just being plain stupid. Nothing more can really be said.

      cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-23 21:04

      Fidel: It is not banned, there is an international treaty not to use it because it is a most terrible weapon that has horrifying consequences often long after used. Please read about the cluster munitions treaty here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_on_Cluster_Munitions Cluster munitions are despicable.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-24 06:03

      Patrick, Based on reports in your violent fantasy mind!!! Are these also homemade??????????

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 07:43

      Cindy, exactly, unfortunately I am dealing with imbeciles on this site, who are too lazy to think for themselves, and will take anything printed by MSM as gospel. How cheeky of me to highlight a factual error on a news article, that is significant to body of the story being reported. (lest we hear that Syria was violating intl law by using cluster bombs). People who want to be willfully ignorant are free to drown in their own ignorance! When did propaganda become so thinly veiled or is it that my eyes are WIDE open to it these days.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-24 08:20

      Fidel, As usual you confuse an issue, where the violent loonies of the left are masters in!! That you do not have it in you, to condemn this assad terrorist for using these monsrtous weapons, shows you got the mind of an AWB member. Violence----violence-----violence----and more violence !!!!!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-24 08:58

      Fidel- they are internationally banned , but some countries have not imposed this on themselves.This had come up before when you were going on about the Americans use of cluster bombs. The story is not really about that but rather the fact that the Syrian govt uses these oncivilian targets but denies having them which is at odds with evidence from the ground as proclaimed by HRW . Again: Its all propanganda ! I'm so enlightened and everyone is so ignorant and imbeciles, MSM media non-sense. I know what the 'real' truth is, there is something wrong with you ! This is the rhetoric of charletons , conspiracy nuts and BS artists. “The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” ? Bertrand Russell, Mortals and Others

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-24 09:10

      Patprick. How are the rebels supposed to use cluster bombs without aircraft to deliver them? too clever ish. Check this article,rather biased to the west but never the less informative as to why the regime is now bombing civilians more then ever. http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/syria/articles/20121023.aspx

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 11:11

      @Ninja "The story is not really about that but rather the fact that the Syrian govt uses these oncivilian targets but denies having them which is at odds with evidence from the ground as proclaimed by HRW". We are all free to decide what is relevant in a story (you want to restrict comments to the headline of a story), and it wouldn't be the first time that countries were demonised in the media in order to manufacture consent. Obviously one has to conform to a certain stereotype in order to post a comment here. You are spot on when you say, "I'm so enlightened and everyone is so ignorant and imbeciles," because I do not rely on paid commentators to do the thinking for me, that and being proven by the fact that even if it were proven that Syria is using cluster bombs, my enlightenment informs me that Syria hasn't broken any laws and as such HWR has no legal standing against Syria. It's called paying attention to detail(a positive characteristic) and not advertising your ignorance on an intl public forum. If you stop repeating lines that the media feeds you without verifying them, you will come across a lot cleverer. "The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust." -Samuel Butler

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-24 13:02

      Its not me who made a accusation of factual mistruth about the story, I never argued that they were in contravention of international law. Unless they have signed on to a international treaty prohibiting the use then you are right but they are still banned by a number of countries ergo 'international ban'. I do however see a problem with dropping cluster bombs on civilians IF it has occurred as claimed by HRW , which seems a more pertinent part of the article rather than questioning the use of the term 'internationally banned'. Perhaps its a sign of a value judgement , protecting the image of the Syrian regime and its dictator or human rights abuses. If you don't regurgitate conspiracy sites, cowboy internet journalists and 9/11 truthers opinions then you may come across smarter but by all means read another Noam Chomsky novel (he has no vetsed interest of course).

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-24 06:24

    I'm against killings, from any side, THE WEST let the Syrians resolve their own misunderstandings, you are responsible for all those deaths by arming the rebels, What happened to negotiations, or your sanctions and embargos, now u want to blame Syrians for killing each other. Shame on you

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 07:45

      Western powers will not accept Arabs and Africans killing each other, but will willingly do it for them.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-24 09:08

      Kenny , the rebels tried negotiations for months.They got gunned down for their efforts,before starting the uprising.

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