Libya said to be using cluster bombs, Tripoli denies charge

By REUTERS
April 16, 2011 09:19

 
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TUNIS - A US-based rights group accused pro-Gaddafi forces of using cluster munitions in the Libyan rebel-held city of Misrata, endangering civilians.

A Libyan government spokesman rejected the allegation.

Cluster munitions -- fired from artillery or rockets -- can scatter bomblets over a wide area. They often fail to detonate immediately and may explode years after a conflict, killing or maiming people, according to humanitarian groups.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement that government forces had fired cluster munitions into residential areas in the western city of Misrata, "posing a grave risk to civilians".

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