Cluster Munition in Lebanon

After 12 years, undetonated explosives left by Israel after the 2006 war are still killing Lebanese civilians. Four million cluster munitions were dropped during the last days of the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, an estimated one million of which did not explode.

Cluster munitions have really contaminated some of the poorest areas of Lebanon. Most of these people really depend on agricultural activities These items continue to expose the people of Lebanon to the constant threat of death or injury, as well as hindering safe access to land for development. The influx of  more than 1.1 million Syrians have sought safety in Lebanon since 2011, placing an inevitable strain on economic resources, infrastructure and land. People are living in informal settlements, or being hosted by local communities, in extremely close proximity to dangerous areas. They have little or no knowledge of the threat, and mine/UXO accident figures are at their highest since the 2006 hostilities as a result

Cluster munitions  pose risks to civilians both during attacks and afterwards. During attacks, the weapons are prone to indiscriminate effects, especially in populated areas. Unexploded bombs can kill or maim civilians and unintended targets long after a conflict has ended, and are costly to locate and remove. Not only they create immediate dangers to those returning to live and work in contaminated areas, but they also present long-term lethal barriers to development as agricultural land, pastures for grazing, and other land needed for social or economic projects must be cleared before it can be used safely. Most cluster bomb casualties are caused to people who could not afford to wait until such clearance took place before carrying out their routine activities on such land.

As yet these weapons are not explicitly banned. However, their use is strictly limited by existing international humanitarian law.