September 18, 2006

Israel's remote killers

Patrick Cockburn, on the front page of the Independent, reports how Israel's cluster bombs are killing Lebanese civilians at a rate of four a day since the war that it claims has not ended.
Every day, some of the million bomblets which were fired by Israeli artillery during the last three days of the conflict kill four people in southern Lebanon and wound many more.

The casualty figures will rise sharply in the next month as villagers begin the harvest, picking olives from trees whose leaves and branches hide bombs that explode at the smallest movement. Lebanon's farmers are caught in a deadly dilemma: to risk the harvest, or to leave the produce on which they depend to rot in the fields.
Inside the paper, Thomas Nash calls for cluster bombs to be outlawed.

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