IDF complaining about cluster bombs, admitting war crimes etc.

Originally published 9/14/06:

More on cluster bombs used by Israel on Lebanon:

The commander also said that at least in one case, they were asked to fire cluster rockets toward “a village’s outskirts” in the early morning: “They told us that this is a good time because people are coming out of the mosques and the rockets would deter them.” In other cases, they fired the rockets at a range of less than 15 kilometers, even though the manufacturer’s guidelines state that firing at this range considerably increases the number of duds. The commander further related that during IDF training exercises hardly any live rockets are fired, for fear that they would leave duds behind and fill the IDF’s firing grounds with mines.”

Hmm. Timing cluster bombs to coincide with civilians leaving mosques, purposefully trying to leave duds (read: land mines) on the ground around villages.  This isn’t from a left-wing commentator either.  This is reporting from the mainstream Israeli daily, the Haaretz. 

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/761910.html

International Lawyer, Dr. Franklin Lamb reports:

The breadth and depth of the problem with cluster bombs found in 498 locations in scores of villages as of September 9th was not expected. So far less than 4% have been disposed of, and 0 % of the villages in the south have been certified as safe for domestic or agricultural use by the United Nations ordnance disposal task force”.

http://www.counterpunch.org/lamb09142006.htm

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