Dozens of Lebanese protest cluster bombs with sit-in in Beirut

Dozens of people held a sit-in protest Monday in downtown Beirut against the use of cluster bombs and mines that have killed and wounded scores of Lebanese over the past years. Some 70 protesters lit candles on Parliament Square which was decorated with posters of victims of cluster bombs and mines, as well as pictures depicting different types of the bombs. An undetermined number of mines and cluster bombs are still believed to be scattered across Lebanon, left behind from the 1975-90 civil war, the Israeli occupation and the 34-day conflict in the summer of 2006 between Israel and the Hizbullah. UN ordnance-clearing experts say that up to 1 million have failed to explode and now endanger civilians in the area.