Syria: New Use of Cluster Munitions

Less than two days after using munitions of Deir al-Assafeer, a city in northern Syria, compelling evidence has emerged of yet another deadly cluster bomb attack by the Syrian armed forces.

On the morning of November 27, 2012, airstrikes at Abo Hilal, 1.2 miles west of the northern city of Idlib, killed at least 12 civilians and wounded at least 10 more, according to statements provided to Human Rights Watch.

Handicap International already denounced this week the use of cluster munitions in Syria, weapons banned under the Oslo Treaty, which has been signed by 111 States around the world.

“It confirms that cluster munitions are used repeatedly and on a massive scale over the course of several months,” says Marion Libertucci, Handicap International's Weapons Advocacy Manager. “Governments urgently need to put pressure on Syria to stop using these weapons.”

According to Handicap International, 94% of recorded victims of cluster munitions are civilians. The use of cluster munitions in densely populated areas therefore poses an unacceptable threat to the civilian population.

Handicap International is a daily witness to the impact of the conflict in Syria. The organization's teams, which are based close to the Syrian border in Lebanon and Jordan, are currently reporting the daily arrival of injured people from Syria. Handicap International also runs risk education activities on mines and explosive remnants of war in Jordan and is looking into the possibility of intervening in affected areas of Syria.