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Top Israel general 'disappointed' over use of cluster bombs in Lebanon campaign

[JURIST] Israel Defense Forces [official website] Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Dan Halutz [official profile] Monday expressed disappointment about Israel's use of cluster bombs [FAS backgrounder] during the recent Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] and ordered an investigation into how the order to use the munitions was given. Major General Gershon Hacohen will lead the inquiry into whether Halutz's instructions on the authorization of cluster bombs was clear.

Human rights groups have denounced the use of cluster bombs [Cluster Munition Coalition advocacy website] in civilian areas by both Israel and Hezbollah [JURIST reports] during the conflict because of the inaccuracies involved and strong possibility of hitting unintended targets. The New York Times has more. Haaretz has local coverage.

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