The Jerusalem Post reported on July 2 that the army "has recently carried out a series of tests with a bomblet
that has a specially designed self-destruct mechanism which dramatically reduces the amount of unexploded ordnance".
The United Nations estimates almost half of all casualties are from Laos, where people are still at risk of being injured from unexploded bomblets
AoAs a result of the collateral damage and international condemnation, and ahead of a potential new conflict with Hizbullah, the IDF has decided to evaluate the M85 bomblet
manufactured by the government-owned Israeli Military Industries (IMI),Ao The Jerusalem Post reported.
That's small comfort to small children or farmers who have lost their legs after an encounter with a cluster bomblet
Cluster munitions scatter smaller explosive bomblets
-- as many as hundreds from one bomb -- across a wide area to attack ground targets.
Unfortunately, a small percentage of these bomblets
routinely do not explode, remaining a menace to small children and farm animals for decades.
Sir Paul, who returned to the city to play the Liverpool Sound Concert on June 1, said: "Cluster bomblets
and anti-personnel mines are unacceptable when they kill and injure innocent civilians.
Although these munitions were designed to attack troop and vehicle concentrations, their use often results in significant civilian deaths and injuries when the bomblets
fail to detonate on initial impact.
The former Beatle said: "Cluster bomblets
and antipersonnel mines are unacceptable when they kill and injure innocent civilians including children.
Well, it doesn't actually ban all cluster bombs; just the current designs that leave large areas littered with unexploded bomblets
that go on killing civilians for years after they were dropped.
Cluster bombs spray deadly bomblets
over a wide area.
1) But in conflicts where cluster bombs are utilized and when the battles have ended, unexploded cluster bomblets
inevitably remain, sometimes wounding and killing innocent people when they return to their homes.
Once dropped, the munitions scatter hundreds of bomblets
randomly over a wide area, many of which fail to explode and linger on as de facto landmines.
High failure rates leave many of these bomblets
undetonated, in essence turning them into lethal landmines.
During the 1990-91 Gulf War more than 230 US Army and 12 British Army launchers showered bomblets
upon shell-shocked Iraqi troops who nicknamed the weapon 'steel rain'.