As a result of the collateral damage and international condemnation, and ahead of a potential new conflict with Hizbollah, the IDF has decided to evaluate the M85 bomblet
manufactured by the government-owned Israeli Military Industries (IMI)," The Jerusalem Post reported.
It is thought that around 30 per cent of bomblets
failed to explode on impact, and over two-thirds of the country is still contaminated.
Japan should also announce plans to contribute to removing unexploded bomblets
and aid victims of cluster munitions.
If someone designed a cluster bomb whose bomblets
all exploded reliably on impact, or at least within 48 hours of landing, then it would presumably be legal since it mostly killed soldiers.
13) Each cluster bomb contains a canister consisting of smaller submunitions, often referred to as bomblets
or grenades, which are designed to explode at or near impact in the targeted area.
2 and 4 million cluster bomblets
on southern Lebanon -- 90 percent of them during the last 72 hours of the 33-day conflict, which began after Hezbollah fighters seized two Israeli soldiers in a July cross-border raid and ended with a cease-fire in August.
American commanders were pleased with the performance of the MLRS during the 1990-91 Gulf War, but concern that several Iraqi 155 mm artillery systems outranged US army guns prompted the development of the Extended Range MLRS (ER-MLRS) 227 mm rocket, which can carry a reduced load of 518 bomblets
to a range of 45 km.
In post-war Kosovo, unexploded cluster bomblets
caused more civilian deaths than landmines.
Ms Burt said: "Cluster bombs spread tiny anti-personnel bomblets
over a wide area and claim the lives of civilians who come into contact with them, often years after a conflict has ended.
The bishop said the bombs, which burst in the air into hundreds of mini bomblets
, were responsible for maiming countless civilians and making "whole swathes of countryside uninhabitable".
The worst of it is that many bomblets
remain unexploded until the civilian population returns to the area only to be confronted by innumerable small explosions, maiming or killing individuals, often children.
littered the infrastructure of what used to be apartment buildings, playgrounds, bridges, and factories essential for commerce and carrying on the daily trade and business practices of a bustling and thriving peaceful country.