UNIFIL: Israel used cluster bomb to attack Lebanon

Published October 8th, 2014 - 06:09 GMT

Israel Tuesday used cluster bombs to attack Lebanon, a joint committee comprised of the Lebanese Army, UNIFIL and civilians determined Wednesday after carrying out field inspections on the southern border.

Security sources told The Daily Star that the team identified Israel's launch sites as well as 10 areas struck in the shelling of the Kfar Shuba hills and the Shebaa Farms.

On Tuesday, Hezbollah in a statement claimed responsibility for planting a bomb that wounded two Israeli soldiers on the south Lebanon border.

Israel responded by launching 23 shells near the Shebaa hills at a rate of about three shells per minute, according to a Lebanese Army statement.

No one was wounded in the Israeli attack.

As the surveillance committee concluded its inspection tour Wednesday, Israeli tanks were spotted roaming the western portion of the occupied Shebaa Farms.

Israeli forces also launched a surveillance air balloon 50 meters over the inspection site to snap shots of their work, the sources said.

When cluster bombs explode they eject small munition designed to kill or maim people in the area.

Israel dropped some 4 million cluster bombs in Lebanon during the July-August 2006 war, most during the last 48 hours of the conflict, according to the United Nations.

Unexploded munitions still litter much of the south, with the Army’s Lebanon Mine Action Center, the U.N. and other international organizations continuing to work to remove the deadly ordinance.

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