A child plays in the streets of Aitta Shaaba, a village riddled with cluster bombs. Photograph: Scott Peterson/Getty. Guardian, U.K.
The headline in the Daily Star reads: "Israel finally hands over mine maps." I think I am supposed to be relieved -- now maybe southern Lebanon can be cleared of unexploded weapons. Then I look into the story and discover that the maps in question are the ones that Israel has withheld since its retreat from Lebanon in 2000. U.N. peacekeepers say that
Israeli officers have admitted that most of the largely U.S.-made bomblets were fired in the last 72 hours of the war, some 1800 rounds that have left an estimated 500,000 unexploded bombs in south Lebanon. Lebanese, many of them curious children, are injured or killed every day when they disturb the still armed munitions.
Chris Allbritton, a U.S. reporter who pioneered blogging unvarnished stories from Iraq, is now living in Beirut and writing on the aftermath of this summer's Israeli assault. See his photo of a deadly cluster bomblet here. He recently published this account in the New Jersey Star-Ledger:
Read the whole story.
Update: 10/22/06: Well, now Human Rights Watch says Hezbollah also fired cluster bomb weapons during the recent Lebanon war, though not on a scale approaching the Israeli barrage.
And where there's a potential profit, there's an ambitious capitalist. Reuters reports that