Russian forces used or supplied cluster munition in Syria

Human Rights Watch reported that on October 4 Russian forces used or supplied to the Syrian regime an advanced type of cluster munition in the city of Aleppo.

Nadim Houry, Human Rights Watch’s Deputy Middle East Director said, “It’s disturbing that yet another type of cluster munition is being used in Syria given the harm they cause to civilians for years to come,” adding, “Neither Russia nor Syria should use cluster munitions, and both should join the international ban without delay”.

Image credit: Shaam News Network

Image credit: Shaam News Network

Human Rights Watch based its latest report on photos and videos taken near the village of Kaf Halab by the Shaam News Network. The images showed evidence consistent with cluster munitions both air-dropped and fired by rocket.

While most countries have banned the use of such weapons due to the harm they cause neither Russia or Syria has banned cluster munitions.

According to local media no casualties have been reported from the attack on Kafr Halab.

Video footage uploaded by: ShaamNews SNN

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