Cluster bombs killed, maimed more than 400 in 2015 – study

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PARIS: Cluster bombs killed or injured more than 350 people in Syria and Yemen last year and evidence is growing that Russian forces are using the munitions in Syria, a report said on Thursday. Handicap International, which compiled the study, said there was “compelling evidence” that Russian forces were using cluster munitions in Syria, a claim denied by Moscow. The non-government organization said almost all the victims around the world were civilians and in a third of the cases, children bore the brunt of their devastating effect. The group urged signatories to the 2008 Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions to demand that the warring sides to stop using them. The Oslo signatories are to meet in Geneva next week. A total of 248 people were killed or wounded by the munitions in Syria in 2015, the report said, with civilians making up the vast majority of the victims. Around the world, a total of 417 victims, dead or injured, were recorded in 2015.

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