Sale of Cluster Bombs to Israel May be Banned

The sale of cluster bombs to Israel may be banned in the United States, according to the Independent, due to Israel’s use of them in their invasion of Lebanon. The roughly 1.2 million bomblets fired by Israel have a failure rate of up to 30%, leaving mines that result in civilians, especially children, being killed. The high failure rate likely is in part due to the age of the bombs, which apparently “expired” in 1974, though clearly they still explode eventually.

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