A British media source reported on Monday that a US Government report has come to the conclusion that Israel probably violated the terms of its arms deals with Washington by using heavily criticised US-made cluster bombs in Lebanon last year.

US-made weapons are sold to the Israeli military with restriction on their use, and make up part of the $2bn of military aid and assistance Israel recieves from the US each year.

US government State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the terms agreed with Israel for the use of US-supplied munitions were "likely" to have been violated.

The International Committee of the Red Cross called for a ban on the use of cluster bombs in populated areas due to the indiscriminate civilian deaths they caused.

Israel's then-Army Chief, Dan Halutz, was highly criticised by Israeli and International media sources regarding the legitimacy of military tactics during the war in Southern Lebanon in the Summer of 2006.