Monday, January 29, 2007

US off(ici)al: a million bombs - what's the big deal?

Update on cluster bombs in Lebanon (see this):

Since the end of last summer’s war, de-mining team have located 800 cluster-bomb strike areas, and they destroyed 95,000 bomblets, said Christopher Clark, program manager for the United Nations Mine Action Service in Lebanon.

“We found them pretty much everywhere — in villages, at road junctions, in olive groves and on banana plantations,” Mr. Clark said.

The casualty rate has come down sharply, he said. Right after the war, there were more than 40 casualties a week; now it is about 3 or 4 a week. NYT (emphasis added)

The bombs were supplied to Israel by the US. Reuters is following: "Several U.S. officials said they expected little further action on the matter."

There are priorities.


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