Bomb Treaty with Absences

A global treaty to prevent civilian deaths by cleaning up cluster bombs has come into force, according to Aljazeera. 25 countries signed, there are, however, notable absences in the list of signatories, namely: the China, Israel, Russia, and the United States.

Since the fighting in Lebanon ended, 23 people have died and 136 have been wounded by unexploded cluster bombs. The process of removing the bomblets has been slowed by Israel’s refusal to give details about targets.

18 countries have also backed a UN ban of cluster bombs. The ban is opposed by both the US and the UK.

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