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bomblets

Small bombs, usually forming part of a cluster bomb. These are released from the mother bomb after a slight interval of its release from the aircraft.
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Italian peacekeepers have even resorted to role play, songs, and cartoons to teach Lebanese children about the dangers of the millions of unexploded cluster bomblets left behind from the conflict.
Innocent people are killed and maimed on impact and after attacks by bomblets which failed to detonate immediately.
American commanders were pleased with the performance of the MLRS during the 1990-91 Gulf War, but concern that several Iraqi 155 mm artillery systems outranged US army guns prompted the development of the Extended Range MLRS (ER-MLRS) 227 mm rocket, which can carry a reduced load of 518 bomblets to a range of 45 km.
Some of the million bomblets fired by Israeli artillery during the last three days of the conflict killed four people every day in southern Lebanon and wounded many more.
Now, if Hezbollah really did all of this, and for the sake of argument I will concede it did all this destruction, then who flew the airplanes over the streets and suburbs of southern Lebanon and dropped all those American-made cluster bombs scattering unexploded bomblets over an area that prevented 800,000 Lebanese civilians from returning to their homes?
Once launched, they eject smaller explosive bomblets over a large area, but many fail to detonate at the time, becoming de-facto landmines.
The bomblets often fail to explode on impact, leaving landmines littering the ground in the form of unexploded munitions.
Cluster munitions are explosive weapons that eject smaller submunitions or bomblets when they near their targets.
Cluster bombs, which scatter hundreds of bomblets before exploding, are controversial because of their potential to inflict civilian casualties over a wide area.
Cluster weapons scatter small bomblets indiscriminately, which do not explode immediately but often maim or kill civilians, years later.
Cluster bomblets are packed by the hundreds into artillery shells, bombs or missiles, which scatter them over vast areas.
Cluster bombs, which spray deadly bomblets indiscriminantly over a large area, are banned by most countries.