A pair of videos posted online by a user believed to be a Syrian activist on July 10, 2012, appear to show cluster munition remnants, Human Rights Watch said today. The images include Soviet-produced unexploded submunitions and a bomb canister, apparently found in Jabal Shahshabu, a mountainous area near Hama.
An activist in the area told Human Rights Watch that the region where the cluster remnants were allegedly found has been under sustained bombardment by Syrian forces over the past two weeks.
So, where’s the story here? Syria is not a signatory on the ban on the use of cluster munitions.
If Syria is using them against armed rebels, that’s a legitimate use of force. If Syria is bombing civilians, it is a war crime, whether they’re using cluster munitions or regular dumb bombs.
So riddle me this- what’s the story?