Monday, June 7, 2010

USA uses war crime cluster munitions

Amnesty International has released evidence
showing that the United States was directly
involved in an air strike in Yemen in
December that killed fifty-five people,
including fourteen women and twenty-one
children. Photographs released by Amnesty
appear to show parts of a US-manufactured
Tomahawk cruise missile that carried cluster
munitions. Amnesty said this type of missile
is designed to carry a payload of 166 cluster
bomblets which each explode into over 200
sharp steel fragments. Neither the USA nor
Yemen has yet signed the Convention on
Cluster Munitions, a treaty designed to
comprehensively ban such weapons. The treaty
is due to enter into force in August.
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