Thursday, September 14, 2006

Record area cleared of landmines

"A greater area was cleared of landmines last year than ever before, according to a new report from a group that monitors the use of the weapons.
Since 1997, 151 countries have joined a treaty banning the use of landmines.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said that 740 sq km (286 sq miles) of land - an area the size of New York City - had been demined.
More than four million landmines and other explosive devices were removed and destroyed.
Almost all of the victims were civilians, many of them children.

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IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon

"What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.
The cluster rounds which don't detonate on impact, believed by the United Nations to be around 40% of those fired by the IDF in Lebanon, remain on the ground as unexploded munitions, effectively littering the landscape with thousands of land mines which will continue to claim victims long after the war has ended.
Because of their high level of failure to detonate, it is believed that there are around 500,000 unexploded munitions on the ground in Lebanon. To date 12 Lebanese civilians have been killed by these mines since the end of the war."


Blogger nina said...

the older i get, the more i read, the more i learn, i sure as hell hope karma is indeed the 'universal law' that many claim it to be.........

15/9/06 10:43 AM  

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