11/29/2012

Colonialism, Syria

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France and Turkey are former colonizators of Syria

Syria is still under the rule of French colonisers

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Photo taken in 1941: French General Georges Catroux is walking next to Nur-Eddin al-Khatib, the grandfather of Mouaz al-Khatib, the incumbent president of the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution.

70 years has passed since France lost Syria as one of its colonies and was forced to recognise its independence. As recent events have shown, however, France just cannot ignore the colonial itch. It is doing everything to regain its sovereignty, although this time around, even if they conquer Syria, it would no longer be full sovereignty since France would have to share it with the USA, Turkey and other NATO partners. This is not troubling Hollande, however, who is backing every reprobate in Syria so long as the reprobate’s position falls within the neocolonial plans of France’s false socialists.

Back in the summer, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault did not hesitate in saying that France was supplying Syrian fighters with communication equipment and other technology. He spoke as though the equipment was not for the purpose of killing.

And now the pseudo-socialist François Hollande has held a meeting with the old collaborator’s grandson, Mouaz al-Khatib. After the meeting in Paris, the ambassador of the Syrian terrorists showed up – a certain Munzir Makhous who, together with his boss, was part of the delegation who visited the Élysée Palace and implored Hollande to supply the fighters with heavy artillery.

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Photo: victims of terrorists backed by the U.S., France and Turkey (another former colonizer of Syria)

11/25/2012

Latest News Syria: Letter to Nicaraguan President, José Daniel Ortega

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Nov 25, 2012

MANAGUA, (SANA) - President Bashar al-Assad sent a letter to Nicaraguan President, José Daniel Ortega, conveyed by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad.

Miguel d'Escoto, the Advisor of Nicaragua's President for International Political Affairs received the letter on Saturday.

D'Escoto expressed, on behalf of the Nicaraguan Government, condemnation of all attempts to interfere in Syria's affairs and sympathy with the Syrian leadership, government and people in confronting the attempts of some countries to undermine Syria's sovereignty and independence.

He stressed his country's optimism over the inevitability of Syria's victory, voicing his country's readiness to offer all possible assistance to help Syria confront the current campaign.

For his part, Mikdad expressed gratitude for Nicaragua over its support to Syria in the international circles and defending the world's just issues.

Mikdad spoke about the attack on Syria and provocations by Turkey and some of the Gulf countries represented by arming, harboring and financing armed terrorist groups to destabilize Syria and undermine its principled positions in the face of Western greed in the Arab region. 

H. Zain / Ghossoun

http://208.43.232.81/eng/21/2012/11/25/454096.htm

The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.

Try the following links to get the website (Arabic and Turkish)

sana.sy main IP address: http://208.43.232.81/
sana.sy Turkish website: http://208.43.232.81/index_tur.html

Photo: Daniel Ortega wins Nicaraguan presidential election http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200611/08/archive.html - On May 7, 1999, NATO fired 3 missiles from different angles to attack the Embassy of China in Yugoslavia, which killed 3 Chinese journalists and injured more than 20. The building of the embassy was seriously damaged. U.S. officials and NATO said the attack on the Chinese Embassy was "a mistake" based on "faulty information". It is thus possible that this link is blocked or only is shown in the chinese version.

Human rights first: victims of American warfare

orange.victim.american.warfare.jpg“I too am an Agent Orange Second Generation Victim. For years I have felt very isolated and unsure of what to do. I am a wife and mother of 3 healthy children. I am 37 yrs old and was born with Severe Hip Dysplasia. From the time I was 13 months old, I had reconstruction surgery every few years until I was 17 years old and at that time had my 1st Total Hip Replacement. I am now getting ready for my 5th Total Hip Replacement and 4th Pelvic Reconstruction since 17. I am also battling several rare forms of skin cancer that are life threatening. These cancers are seen in older generations that have had "extreme carcinogenic and pesticide exposure". I have had no direct exposure to these. I have gone through 2 rounds of chemotherapy in the last 4 years only to have the cancer come back stronger. I am in surgery for tumor removal at least once a month. The hundreds of scars on my body are horrific. My Doctors cannot put me through anymore chemotherapy as I have been told my body will not make it. There is a drug that is currently in trials that at the very least would buy me some time. The drug companies manufacturing this have denied me access to the trial as I am "too sick" and would "mess up their numbers". I have gone several rounds with the V.A. only to be denied time and again because I don't have Spina Bifida and because my Father served in Vietnam and not my Mother. My Father served in Vietnam during the heaviest spray periods. I have had numerous tests done and every Medical Professional has said without a doubt ALL of my medical issues today and at birth are a DIRECT result of my Father's exposure to Agent Orange. He also has numerous medical conditions ALL of which have been linked to the Agent Orange exposure.”

11/22/2012

Droits de l'homme: Lettre ouverte au ministre de la justice belge

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Il y a un an déjà qu'Arbi Zarmaev a été libéré du prison de Bruges.

Le werkgroep Morkhoven organisait des actions et écrivait au ministre de la justice Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V, démocrats-chrétiens) qui n'avait aucun respect pour les droits de l'homme.

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Bruxelles, le 1 avril 2011

Ministre de la Justice Stefaan De Clerck, Waterloolaan 115, 1000 Bruxelles

Cher Monsieur De Clerck,

Objet: Arbi Zarmaaev, mes lettres du 26 et 28.3.2011

Comme je vous ai écrit, nous savons que Monsieur Arbi Zarmaev est soumis actuellement dans la prison de Bruges, comme cela était déjà le cas précédemment dans la prison de Hasselt, à un traitement qu’on ne peut autrement qualifier que de torture, par suite de quoi il se trouve dans un tel état alarmant, que sa famille a adressé un appel urgent à notre association pour agir.

Monsieur Zarmaev ne pèse plus que 50 kilos et souffre d’une insufficance rénale et d’autres problèmes graves de santé qui sont la suite d’une longue privation d’eau et de sommeil. Tout cela a été traîté par la direction de la prison de Bruges comme étant 'des simulacres’, tandis que la vérité est, comme je vous avais déjà écrit avant comptant sur le fait que vous m’entendriez, que Monsieur Zarmaev a besoin de soins médicaux urgents.

La famille de Monsieur Zarmaev ignore si actuellement il y a un médecin qui est chargé de le soigner. La famille a sollicité l’intervention d’un médecin indépendant de la prison, mais elle a l’impression que la direction vise à refuser l’accès à la prison de ce medecin, sous prétexte que Monsieur Zarmaev «est fou à lier et qu’il refuse tout contact avec le monde hors de la prison».

Le docteur Proot, médecin-chef de la prison de Bruges, ne semble pas prendre la situation bien au sérieux. On peut même se demander s’il existe un dossier médical sur Monsieur Zarmaev et, au cas où ce dossier existe réellement, si l’information qu’il contient est bien correct. En effet, nous-mêmes avons pu constater dans le passé que l’on traffiquait le dossier médical d’un détenu gravement malade, et qu’on avait même supprimé des pièces de son dossier. Nous vous enverrons une copie en attaché à cette lettre de la lettre que nous vous avions adressée sur ce sujet et dont vous n’aviez apparemment pas cru prendre notion.

Actuellement sa famille est sans nouvelles de Monsieur Zarmaev. On refuse tout contact entre Monsieur Zarmaev et sa famille en faisant savoir que Monsieur Zarmaev est 'completement fou’ et 'ne sait plus ce qu’il dit’. La famille a aussi été renseignée du fait qu’Arbi 'refuse tout contact avec le monde hors de la prison’, tandis que sa soeur et son frère lui ont rendu visite il y a à peine deux jours, pendant laquelle visite ils lui ont parlé et constaté que, malgré ses problèmes de santé très graves suite à la longue période qu’on l’a privé d’eau et de sommeil, son état mental était parfaitement sain.

Il est clair que l’on a donc suspendu le droit que Monsieur Zarmaev a de recevoir des visites, bien que dans son rapport, dressé et signé par lui le 19.03.2011, le directeur-attaché de la prison de Bruges, Monsieur L. Decaesstecker, note de manière absolument sans équivoque, que Monsieur Zarmaev, après son enfermement dans la cellule d'isolement, garde le droit de participer aux activités offertes par la prison dans le domaine du culte religieux, de l'éducation et des loisirs, ainsi que dans celui du travail, et qu'il garde le droit d'avoir des contact avec le monde extérieur par lettre, visites et téléphone (y compris avec les autorités diplomatiques ou consulaires).

Vous me permettrez, j'espère, de refaire de nouveau un appel à vous pourque vous voudriez intervenir dans cette affaire.

En attendant votre réponse, je vous prie d'agréer l'expression de mes sentiments distingués.

Jan Boeykens 10 Rue Faider, 1060 Bruxelles

PS. Un copie de cette lettre vous sera également envoyée en recommandée, vu que vous êtes personellement impliqué dans cette affaire (étant donné que vous avez accordé l’extradition de Monsieur Zarmaev à la Russie et aux autorités tchetchènes) et que nous souhaitons empêcher que vous puissiez vous en tirer par une excuse au cas où Monsieur Zarmaev viendrait à décéder."

11/16/2012

Palestine: Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

11/12/2012

Syria: Moskow wants a political solution

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Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich  reiterated on Monday that linking the future of Syria to those who depend on violence and terrorism is unacceptable.

In statements quoted by Russia Today website,  Lukashevich   pointed out that Moscow has recently expressed rejection of the gunmen's threats of downing civil planes in the Syrian airspace, adding that now there are threats against foreign diplomatic missions and citizens.

He said that Russia rejects the behavior of the fundamentalists in the Syrian armed opposition.

He also reiterated the call on all sides if the crisis to stop violence and launch a political process as soon as possible, calling on foreign players to support progress in this regard according to Geneva agreement endorsed last June.

Lukashevich affirmed that those who are thinking of modernizing Syria democratically in a manner that respects its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should work through the framework of the Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Declaration.

He  said that Russia believes that its primary task is working to end violence, save lives and launch a political process in Syria.

Regarding the efforts of international and regional sides to create new coalitions and alliances among the so-called Syrian opposition, Lukashevich said that as far as Moscow is concerned, this issue depends on whether the members of these coalitions are prepared to settle the crisis by the Syrians themselves without foreign military intervention and through dialogue and negotiations as per the framework of the Geneva declaration.

He also noted that Moscow is maintaining communication with the Syrian government and all sides of the opposition to convince them to adopt such a constructive position.

In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said via Twitter that the efforts for unifying the Syrian opposition will only be useful in case they are prepared to launch political dialogue with the Syrian government as per the Geneva declaration.

Russian Military Official: Moscow Implements all Military Agreements  with Syria

Head of the Air Force Department at the Rosoboronexport Establishment, Sergei Kornev, stressed on Monday that Russia is implementing all agreements in the field of military cooperation with Syria.

In a statement quoted by Russia Today website, Kornev said that Russia is implementing all agreements signed with Syria already, adding that all exports to Syria are stipulated by these agreements.

He added that Russia's military sales to Syria do not violate the international agreements or the Russian laws.

Kornev is heading the Rosoboronexport Establishment delegation to the China Air Show 2012 exhibition which will be opened tomorrow in China.

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/12/452073.htm

Photo: Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

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Support to Syria

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Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, STOCKHOLM, (SANA) – Syrian students and community members in Russia and the League of Independent States, in addition to a number of Russian organizations, gathered on Sunday at the Martyrs Square in Moscow to stage a solidarity stand with Syria against the terrorist campaign hatched against it.

The event was organized by the Syrian Students National Union and the Russian Anti-Globalization Organization in coordination with the Syrian community in Russia.

Participants in the stand waved Syrian and Russian flags and placards saluting the Syrian Arab Army, voicing chants against foreign interference in Syria's affairs and against the terrorist bombings which took place in Syria, expressing their support to Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.

The participants condemned the criminal bombings carried out by the armed terrorist groups, calling for punishing the criminals harshly.

They pointed out that the kingdoms and sheikhdoms of the Arab Gulf and Turkey along with Europe and the US are funding the armed terrorists and are sending mercenaries from all over the world to destroy Syria, expressing gratitude to Russia for its honorable stances at international forums .

They said that the armed terrorist groups fighting in Syria are a part of a US scheme to destroy Syria, adding that the sanctions imposed by the enemies of Syria harm the Syrian people and children in the first place.

In a statement, the Syrian Students National Union expressed support to the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army.

In a similar statement, the Syrian League in Russia and the Independent States expressed support to the Syrian leadership.

Syrians in Sweden Stress Support to Homeland

Syrian students and community members in Sweden stressed their support to their homeland in the face of the plots carried out by Gulf States and the Zionist West.

In a march in the city of Jonkoping Jonkoping, the participants, holding national flags and solidarity placards, underscored their pride in their country and people who foiled the plot by their adherence to national unity.

They highlighted the need to enhance the national unity, expressing their loyalty to their country.

F.Allafi/ H.Sabbagh/ M. Nassr

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/12/451969.htm

The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.

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Latest News: Syrian Armed forces eliminate US backed terrorists

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Western war propaganda goes on with misleading...

Malicious Channels Reports on Terrorists' Control Over Air Defense Battalion in Aleppo Baseless

An official source told SANA reporter that a number of terrorists attacked Handarat battalion HQ, and guards confronted them and inflicted heavy loses upon them.

Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists in Damascus and its Countryside

A unit of the Armed Forces clashed with armed terrorist groups in al-Tadamun neighborhood in Damascus.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army pursued the terrorists, eliminating scores of them and seizing amounts of weapons and ammunition.

The source added that the confiscated weapons included machineguns, RPG launchers, US-made sniper rifles and ammunition.

In Zamalkah in Damascus Countryside, an army unit clashed with an armed terrorist group and seized its weapons.

Scores of terrorist were killed in the operation, among them were leader of the group, terrorist Ismael al-Safaya and his brother Haytham.

Army Destroys Terrorists' Hideouts in Idleb, Clears Areas of terrorists

The Armed Force carried out several qualitative operations in Idleb and its countryside, destroying terrorists' hideouts and killing scores of terrorists.

An official source told SANA reporter that several terrorists' hideouts were destroyed in the areas of Tal Awyer, Tal Hamkeh, al-Mintar and Sallat al-Zuhour, stressing that all terrorists were eliminated and declaring these areas as clear of terrorists.

The source added that a factory to manufacture explosive devices was seized, adding that several IEDs were found in the factory.

The source said that the military engineering units dismantled the explosives.

Terrorists eliminated in Harasta, Damascus countryside

Units of the armed forces today continued their pursuit of the armed terrorist groups in Harasta and the surrounding farms in Damascus countryside after inflicting heavy losses upon their gatherings.

An official source told SANA reporter that Harsta with all its neighborhoods are now under the control of the Syrian Army to be announced as a secure and safe region.

Army kills a number of Terrorists in al-Tadamun, Damascus

A unit of the army today clashed with an armed terrorist group near the police command in al-Tarboush square in al-tadamun, Damascus.

A source in Damascus told SANA reporter that during the clash, members of the armed groups were all eliminated.

Armed Forces Kill Terrorists, Destroy Buses Carrying Ammo & Weapons in Aleppo

A unit of the Armed Forces destroyed five vehicles and two buses carrying weapons and ammunition which were heading to Bani Yazeed in Al-Lirmon area in Aleppo, killing all terrorists inside of them.

Units of the Armed Forces killed and injured a number of terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra group at the square of Kafer Hamra municipality in the countryside of Aleppo, in addition to destroying several cars equipped with machineguns.

The Armed Forces also destroyed five cars fitted with machineguns in Tahret Abed Rabbo in Al-Lirmon.

An army unit arrested a gang which was impersonating the Syrian Arab army soldiers as to loot houses and kidnap citizens for ransom in Aleppo.

An official source told SANA reporter that the army freed three citizens who were kidnapped by the gang, adding that the citizens were tortured and kept by the terrorists for ransoms. 

The Army Pursues Terrorists in Aleppo and its countryside

The armed forces today continued their national duty to clear Aleppo and its countryside from the terrorists and mercenaries.

A source in Aleppo told SANA that units of the Army confronted armed groups that tried to attack a military post in Dibsi Atman to the east of Maskana, killing tens of the terrorists and destroying their equipment.

Another army unit targeted the terrorists in Anjara, al-Hamra in Khan Toman, Kfar Naha, killings tens of terrorists and destroying their cars equipped with different kinds of weapons.

Terrorists Assassinate Head of Hasya Industrial Zone

An armed terrorist group on Monday assassinated Head of Hasya Industrial Zone in Homs, Khaled Saad Izz Eddin, and engineer Yousef Tlas along with their driver.

A source in the province told SANA reporter that the terrorists opened fire on Izz Eddin's car near Qadesh Gas Station on Homs-Damascus road.

Terrorists Killed in Deir Ezzor

Armed Forces killed four terrorists from a group calling itself al-Fouad Battalion, destroy their pickup truck in Fouad Cinema Street in Deir Ezzor.

A unit of the armed forces clashed with an armed terrorist group near al-Orfi Mosque in Dir Ezzor, killing 6 terrorists and injuring many others.

An official source told SANA reporter that another Army unit killed terrorist Abdullah Ghanam Basha al-Mijrish, leader of the so-called al-Mikdad Battalion in Jbeila neighborhood in the city.   

English Bulletin

http://sana.sy/eng/337/2012/11/12/452027.htm

(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't stop its war propaganda and its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
Some months ago, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists. C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria. 
Permanent members of the UN Security Council who have launched wars under the excuse of combating terrorism are now supporting terrorism in Syria.)

Palestinians still believe in the American 'peace process'

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Palestinians who support the US intervention in Syria, believe that they will be rewarded by the US...

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

Nearly 34 years ago, an America-firster used The American Mercury magazine to warn of the danger posed by Zionism and its rule of Washington and the Mideast. "I give unto them the land where they have sown their seed, from the river of Egypt unto the great river of Euphrates’ (Genesis 15:18). 

http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

11/11/2012

Turkish and US backed terrorist acts in Syria

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For several years, he CIA, the American State Department and the Pentagon are involved, working with NATO’s Turkey and the kleptocrats in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the Syrian government.

C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey and weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition, antitank weapons and explosives for terrorist attacks are being smuggled by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries from Turkey to Syria.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

On November 8, 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey is in talks with the United States and NATO over the deployment of Patriot missiles along its border with Syria.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu: 'A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East'.

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11/01/2012

'We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon'

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

Phosphorous and cluster bombs heavily used; unexploded munitions litter wide area of Lebanon...

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Sep.12, 2006

"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.

Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.

In addition, soldiers in IDF artillery units testified that the army used phosphorous shells during the war, widely forbidden by international law. According to their claims, the vast majority of said explosive ordinance was fired in the final 10 days of the war.

The rocket unit commander stated that Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) platforms were heavily used in spite of the fact that they were known to be highly inaccurate.

MLRS is a track or tire carried mobile rocket launching platform, capable of firing a very high volume of mostly unguided munitions. The basic rocket fired by the platform is unguided and imprecise, with a range of about 32 kilometers. The rockets are designed to burst into sub-munitions at a planned altitude in order to blanket enemy army and personnel on the ground with smaller explosive rounds.

The use of such weaponry is controversial mainly due to its inaccuracy and ability to wreak great havoc against indeterminate targets over large areas of territory, with a margin of error of as much as 1,200 meters from the intended target to the area hit.

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.

According to the commander, in order to compensate for the inaccuracy of the rockets and the inability to strike individual targets precisely, units would "flood" the battlefield with munitions, accounting for the littered and explosive landscape of post-war Lebanon.

When his reserve duty came to a close, the commander in question sent a letter to Defense Minister Amir Peretz outlining the use of cluster munitions, a letter which has remained unanswered.

'Excessive injury and unnecessary suffering'

It has come to light that IDF soldiers fired phosphorous rounds in order to cause fires in Lebanon. An artillery commander has admitted to seeing trucks loaded with phosphorous rounds on their way to artillery crews in the north of Israel.

A direct hit from a phosphorous shell typically causes severe burns and a slow, painful death.

International law forbids the use of weapons that cause "excessive injury and unnecessary suffering", and many experts are of the opinion that phosphorous rounds fall directly in that category.

The International Red Cross has determined that international law forbids the use of phosphorous and other types of flammable rounds against personnel, both civilian and military.

IDF: No violation of international law

In response, the IDF Spokesman's Office stated that "International law does not include a sweeping prohibition of the use of cluster bombs. The convention on conventional weaponry does not declare a prohibition on [phosphorous weapons], rather, on principles regulating the use of such weapons.

"For understandable operational reasons, the IDF does not respond to [accounts of] details of weaponry in its possession.

"The IDF makes use only of methods and weaponry which are permissible under international law. Artillery fire in general, including MLRS fire, were used in response solely to firing on the state of Israel."

The Defense Minister's office said it had not received messages regarding cluster bomb fire.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/idf-commander-we-fired-more-than-a-million-cluster-bombs-in-lebanon-1.197099

Photo: Cluster bomb explosion victim Mohammed al-Hajj Mussa holds his prosthetic limbs

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