New evidence has emerged that the Syrian air force has used cluster munitions in recent days, Human Rights Watch reported. Many of the strikes were near the main highway that runs through Ma`arat al-Nu`man, the site of a major confrontation between government and rebel forces this week.
Videos posted online by Syrian activists on October 9-12 showed
cluster munition remnants reportedly in or near the towns of Tamane`a,
Taftanaz, al-Tah, and Ma`arat al-Nu`man, in the Northern governorate of
Idlib, Eastern Bouwayda and al-Salloumiyyeh in Homs governorate, Tel
Rifaat in Aleppo governorate, the countryside in Lattakia governorate,
and Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. The cluster bomb canisters and
submunitions shown in the videos all show damage and wear patterns
produced by being mounted on and dropped from an aircraft.
from Taftanaz and Tamane`a confirmed in interviews with Human Rights
Watch that helicopters dropped cluster munitions on or near their towns
on October 9. Human Rights Watch does not yet have any information on
casualties caused by the recent cluster munition strikes.