US used cluster bombs on Yemen civilians: Amnesty
This shit is certainly TERRORISM ! No different than 911 really.
The USA and Israel are the true TERRORISTS !!!
A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen
that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said
The London-based rights group released photographs that it said showed the
remains of a US-made Tomahawk missile and unexploded cluster bombs that were
apparently used in the December 17, 2009 attack on the rural community of
Al-Maajala in Yemen's southern Abyan province.
"Amnesty International is gravely concerned by evidence that cluster munitions
appear to have been used in Yemen," said Mike Lewis, the group's arms control
"Cluster munitions have indiscriminate effects and unexploded bomblets threaten
lives and livelihoods for years afterwards," he said.
"A military strike of this kind against alleged militants without an attempt to
detain them is at the very least unlawful," said Philip Luther, deputy director
of AI's Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Yemen's defence ministry had claimed responsibility for the attack without
mentioning a US role, saying between 24 and 30 militants had been killed at an
alleged Al-Qaeda training camp.
But a local official said 49 civilians, among them 23 children and 17 women,
were killed "indiscriminately."
AI said that a Yemeni parliamentary committee reported in February that in
addition to 14 alleged Al-Qaeda militants, 41 local residents, including 14
women and 21 children, were killed in the attack.
"The fact that so many of the victims were actually women and children indicates
that the attack was in fact grossly irresponsible, particularly given the likely
use of cluster munitions," Luther said.
AI said photographs it had obtained showed damaged remains of the BGM-109D
Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile.
"This type of missile, launched from a warship or submarine, is designed to
carry a payload of 166 cluster sub-munitions (bomblets) which each explode into
over 200 sharp steel fragments that can cause injuries up to 150 metres (about
500 feet) away," an AI statement said.
"An incendiary material inside the bomblet also spreads fragments of burning
zirconium designed to set fire to nearby flammable objects," it said.
The Yemen parliamentary committee had said when it visited the site that "all
the homes and their contents were burnt and all that was left were traces of
furniture," AI said.
AI said it had requested information about the attack from the Pentagon, but had
not yet received a response.
Amnesty said it had obtained the photographs from its own sources, but had not
released them earlier in order to ascertain their authenticity and give the
United States time to respond.
The United States and Yemen have not yet signed the Convention on Cluster
Munitions, a treaty designed to comprehensively ban such weapons which is due to
enter into force on 1 August, 2010.