The Palestine Liberation Organisation has condemned the use by Israelis of the so-called cluster bombs in Southern Lebanon.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation has condemned the use by Israelis of the so-called cluster bombs in Southern Lebanon. There has also been growing criticism in the United States, which supplies the weapons. California Republican Congressman Paul McCloskey said in Washington at the weekend (8 April) that the Israeli use of the bomb violated established restrictions on its use. Mr. McCloskey, a leading opponent of the Vietnam war, asked the Carter Government to seek assurances from israel that it would never again use the bomb-also known as CB-against civilians.
SYNOPSIS: The Americans intended the bombs for use only against military targets in a full-scale war. Cluster bombs spring open to release small bombs containing metal splinters, or Napalm gas.
The burst casings release hundreds of small bombs, which explode over a wide area with devastating effect. palestinians say they have been used against Lebanese towns and villages, killing at least 25 civilians and injuring many more.
The U.S. State Department said last week that use of the bombs was a violation of the American-Israeli Mutual Defence Assistance Act. Israel was sold the weapons on condition it did not use them in operations like that in Southern Lebanon. The use of this type of weapon against Palestinian guerrilla camps there was first reported by journalists on the spot. The Israeli army said at the weekend (9 April) that the bombs had been used against artillery units and field positions to counter shell and rocket fire on Israeli villages.
But a PLO spokesman, Mr. Mahmoud Labadi, Instead the Israelis had used the weapon on Civilians.
And when opened, you know, when it opens, so it is, it is thrown mostly on civilians or military concentration of troops. It has been used now by the Israelis against our civilians. This is the proof, and as you see, you can look at it from the inside there is sand, and it was thrown on the shore of, of Rashadiye. And on the shore, there were no fighters. It was thrown on the shore. That means on the civilians in Rashadiye.