Israeli Bombing ‘Broke U.S. Arms Deal Terms’
Posted on Jan 29, 2007
A preliminary investigation by the State Department has found that Israel’s cluster bombing of civilian areas of Lebanon violated terms of an arms agreement with the United States. Israel receives roughly $2 billion annually in military assistance from the United States, but Washington places classified conditions on how American munitions can be used.
The state department looked into Israel’s use of cluster bombs in civilian areas of southern Lebanon during its conflict with Hezbollah.
US-made weapons are sold to the Israeli military with restriction on their use.
Cluster bombs can scatter hundreds of small bomblets over a wide area, and their use has been widely criticised.
The International Committee of the Red Cross called for a ban on the use of cluster bombs in populated areas, because of the indiscriminate civilian deaths they caused.
And Amnesty International has criticised Israel for its use of cluster bombs in the final days of the conflict.