Lebanese security and medical sources reported reported on Sunday that
a 10-year-old boy was killed and his brother seriously injured when an
Israeli cluster bomb blew up as they harvested olives with their family
in southern Lebanon.
The child was identified as Rami Ali Hussein Shibly, 10. His brother, Khader, 9, was seriously injured. Rami died on his way to hospital while his brother is in a critical condition.
The sources stated that the family's grove is in Halta area, in southern Lebanon.
“One cluster bomb exploded killing the child and injuring his brother”, Lebanese security officials speaking in condition of anonymity said.
The officials said they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Lebanese sources reported that at least 22 residents, including children, were killed by unexploded Israeli cluster bombs in southern Lebanon, since the war between Hezbollah and Israel ended with a UN-brokered ceasefire on August 14. At least 100 were injured by these bombs.
According to an AFP count based on UN figures, cluster munitions, mainly bomblets as small as a torch battery, have maimed at least 120 civilians.
A report by the United Nations and Human Rights Groups accused Israel of firing 4 million cluster bombs into Lebanon during the 34-day war with Hezbollah.
According to the UN report, 1 million cluster bombs failed to exploded, and continue to threaten the Lebanese civilians, especially children, who can mistake the ordnance for batteries or other small objects.
Sources from http://www.naharnet.com/