US Report: Israel ‘broke arms deal terms’ by using cluster bombs in cilivan areas

Israel probably violated the terms of its arms deals with Washington by using US-made cluster bombs in Lebanon last year, a US government report says.

US-made weapons are sold to the Israeli military with restriction on their use.

The Israeli army has said all weapons it uses “are legal under international law and their use conforms with international standards.”
The U.N. Mine Action Coordination Center has said that it is not illegal to use the cluster bombs against soldiers or enemy fighters, but the Geneva Conventions bar their use in civilian areas.

The Reagan administration imposed a six-year ban on cluster-weapon sales to Israel in 1982, after a congressional investigation found misuse of the weapon during Israel’s war that year with Lebanon.

[Washington Post & BBC News]

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