Four Years Harvest: The Use of Cluster Ammunition… That is Still Going

The Cluster Ammunition Supplies Must be Destroyed the same as the Chemical Weapons

Cluster Ammunition

First: Introduction
The first time government forces used cluster ammunition according to SNHR archive was in July 2012 in Shorlin village in Idlib suburbs were the government warplanes dropped a cluster ammunition container.
And might have been used before that as well, and its use gradually increased systematically until its use became as using a regular weapon. The year 2014 is considered the worst in the frequency and spreading of the government’s use of cluster ammunition and we’ve published in September, 2014 a study by which we proved “the Syrian Regime is the worst in the world in using cluster ammunition”
On Saturday 16, 2014 the CMC issued a report about the use of cluster ammunition in the world, the report information about Syria mainly depended on coordination and collaboration between the CMC and SNHR reports and statistics, and the period that the report covers is until April 4th, 2014
The report pointed out that the number of victims that government forces victims killed through cluster ammunition surpass Israel’s extensive use of cluster ammunition in 2006.
In this report we review the most notable incidents of government forces use of cluster ammunition from the first time it was used until the last one in 2015, as the report clearly shows the systematic use of th cluster ammunition, in order to shed the light on this matter once again, and SNHR ask the security council to issue a resolution to destroy government forces cluster ammunition armory and forbid its use the same as they did with the chemical weapons in the resolution 2118 that forbids the use of chemical weapons, and we are certain that the government forces will violate any resolution the same as they did with all the previous Security Council resolutions and statements concerning Syria since March 2011.
The United Nations General Assembly explicitly condemned in several resolutions the government forces’ use of cluster munitions, May 15, 2013, and on December 18, 2013, and also in December 18, 2014, but that did not constitute a minimum deterrent to the Syrian government to stop its use.
The report highlights in the second part the cluster remnants victims who were killed after the bombing, as SNHR calls for friendly countries to send specialized equipment in order to detect and dismantle all cluster ammunition remnants.

full pdf report

Available In