Syria says it is not using cluster bombs against rebels inside the country
The Syrian government issued a strong denial after Human Rights Watch accused them of using Russian-made cluster bombs, a claim that country quickly shot down this weekend.
Now Syrian military officials are denying the report too, saying they do not own or use the bombs, which are meant to cause widespread damage by exploding in mid-air into several smaller bombs. Human Rights Watch said they based their conclusion on videos and witness accounts.
The use of deadly cluster bombs has been a lightning rod issue as well as the focus of a treaty. More than 70 countries have signed a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs; neither Syria nor the United States is among them.