Posted by: Lister | November 21, 2007

Hail the Cluster Bomb Clearer!

The people doing the job have just been helped by the weather! Hailstorms set off cluster bombs in South:

The season’s first hailstorm on Tuesday was a blessing in disguise for cluster bomb-infested parts of South Lebanon, setting off several unexploded bomblets. No injuries were reported in the explosions. After a long dry spell, large hailstones hit the South’s villages and struck hundreds of undiscovered bomblets scattered across the region, causing a string of blasts, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The cluster bombs were dropped by Israel during the summer 2006 war. “The hailstones, as big as walnuts, have fallen in a number of villages in the southern qadas of Bint Jbeil and Marjayoun, inflicting damage on cultivated areas,” said the NNA report.

Dalya Farran, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center, confirmed that “many cluster bombs” exploded when they were hit by hailstones near the town of Marjayoun.

It’s good that some have been destroyed, but some will not have been. The problem is knowing when the fields will be safe again. Some of the cluster bombs will have sunk in the mud and won’t be found for a few years.

WWII bomb found in French school, 2005.

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