October 19, 2006

Hizballah hit Israel with cluster munitions

Hizballah fired cluster munitions into civilian areas in northern Israel during the recent conflict, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday. Hizballah's deployment of the Chinese-made Type-81 122mm rocket is also the first confirmed use of this particular model of cluster munition anywhere in the world. Each of these rockets carries 39 Type-90 or MZD submunitions. Each submunition in turn shoots out hundreds of steel spheres, about 3.5mm in diameter, with deadly force. Israeli police officials documented 113 cluster rockets, containing 4,407 individual submunitions, that were fired at Israel during the conflict. Israeli authorities had until now prevented publication of details of Hizballah cluster strikes in Israel, citing security concerns. Quelle surprise. There's no outrage from Amnesty International.