Islamic State and Syrian regime using cluster munitions, HRW

Against Kurds in the north by IS in 2 attacks

01 September, 19:31

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 1 - Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location in recent weeks, Human Rights Watch said on Monday citing ''credible evidence''.

    The Syrian regime has also been using the widely banned munitions since 2012 and continues to do so, it noted. IS was found to have used ground-fired cluster munitions in July in a Kurdish-majority area along the border between Syria and Iraq. Cluster munitions contain dozens or hundreds of small bomblets that they spread over large areas when they explode.

    HRW cited local Kurdish sources as saying that the July 12 and August 14 attacks in the Ayn Al-Arab (known as 'Kobani' in Kurdish) area had killed 4 Kurdish fighters and an 11-year-old boy. The human rights organization was not able to independently verify the reports but has ruled out that cluster munitions could have been dropped in that location on that date by the Syrian regime or the Kurds themselves. HRW also spoke out on Monday about the use of cluster munitions by the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Manbij, another city not far from the Turkish-Syrian border, on August 21. Six civilians were killed and 41 others were injured in the attack.

    HRW states that it received from a local, independent organization evidence documenting the attack. According to evidence collected by HRW, since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the regime has used cluster bombs repeatedly in at least 10 of Syria's 14 regions.


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