March 16th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Rights group: Syria expanding use of cluster bombs

More civilians in Syria are dying because government forces are using increasing numbers of cluster bombs in residential areas, a rights group said Saturday.

Human Rights Watch says its researchers have identified 119 locations across Syria, where at least 156 cluster bombs have been used from August to mid-February.

The result is "mounting civilian casualties," the rights group said.

Human Rights Watch said it has investigated two cluster bomb attacks in the past two weeks - in Deir Jamal, near Aleppo, and Talbiseh, near Homs.

These attacks killed 11 civilians, including two women and five children, and injured 27 others, the rights group said.

"Syria is expanding its relentless use of cluster munitions, a banned weapon, and civilians are paying the price with their lives and limbs," said Steve Goose, director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch.


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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    What can be said, that hasn't already been said ? C/P anyone ?

    March 16, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    "Cluster bombs a banned munition" says who?

    March 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    We have always thwarted efforts to ban them & have used them ourselves.

    March 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Yes as @bobcat says. What else is there to say on Syria?
    What was initiated as a 'simple' operation to get rid of Bashar has turned into a nightmare.

    March 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Both Britain & France are pushing to end arms embargo and get more arms to the so called rebels( all know who those are).Well great western leaders have been doing great things to get this world more chaotic. So be it.

    March 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    It seems Assad's plan to murder every citizen is going according to plan.

    March 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |