A nine-year-old Syrian boy was killed and three of his relatives wounded when a nearly decade-old Israeli cluster bomb exploded in south Lebanon Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star.
The source said the cluster bomb, dropped by a Israeli warplane during the 2006 invasion of Lebanon, killed Khaled Barakat, 9, and wounded his two brothers, Hasan, 5, Mahmoud, 7, and father, Jamal, 33.
The incident took place near the public square in the Marjayoun district town of Majdal Selem.
The wounded were transferred to Tibnine Public Hospital for treatment.
Israel dropped roughly 4 million cluster bombs on Lebanon during the July-August 2006 war, most during the last 48 hours of the conflict, according to the United Nations.
When cluster bombs explode they eject small munitions designed to kill or maim people in the area.
Unexploded cluster bombs still litter much of the south, with the rrmy’s Lebanon Mine Action Center, the U.N. and other international organizations working to remove the deadly ordinances.
By Mohammed Zaatari
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