News / Middle East

    Rights Group: Cluster Bomb Attack in Syria Kills 19

    A child looks at the tail fin of a Russian-made RBK bomb that crashed through a sidewalk in a densely populated neighborhood east of Aleppo’s city center, March 1, 2013.
    A child looks at the tail fin of a Russian-made RBK bomb that crashed through a sidewalk in a densely populated neighborhood east of Aleppo’s city center, March 1, 2013.
    VOA News
    A human rights group says 19 people were killed when Syrian warplanes dropped cluster bombs, which are banned under a U.N. treaty. Amnesty International said Saturday the attack Friday in the northern town of Aleppo wounded more than 60 people.

    An Amnesty official on the scene reported that nine Soviet-made cluster bombs, each carrying up to 150 cluster submunitions, were dropped on a heavily populated area.

    Cluster bombs can potentially kill many civilians.  Syria is among the countries that have not signed a 2010 U.N. treaty banning their use.

    Smoke rises over the Salah al-Din neighborhood in central Aleppo, Syria, March 2, 2013.Smoke rises over the Salah al-Din neighborhood in central Aleppo, Syria, March 2, 2013.
    x
    Smoke rises over the Salah al-Din neighborhood in central Aleppo, Syria, March 2, 2013.
    Smoke rises over the Salah al-Din neighborhood in central Aleppo, Syria, March 2, 2013.
    In other news, Syrian activists said a fierce battle on the outskirts of the northern city of Raqa killed dozens of Syrian troops and rebel fighters.  The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday the clashes caused many people to flee.  

    Also Saturday, Syria and its ally, Iran, accused the United States of applying double standards for offering to provide aid to the rebels.

    On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced $60 million in extra aid to the Syrian opposition and, for the first time, non-lethal aid to some of its rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

    In Geneva, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met for talks with international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.  The two later said in a statement the United Nations is willing to broker peace talks between Syria's government and the opposition.

    Both men also expressed frustration at the failure of the international community to end the fighting in Syria.  An estimated 70,000 people have died in the 23-month-long conflict.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

    You May Like

    Video Pop Icon Prince Quietly Helped Afghan Orphans for Years

    He sent thousands of dollars to help an aid group rebuild a training center for orphan boy and girl scouts in Kabul, but kept his involvement secret

    Mali, a Way Station for Syrians Headed to Europe

    Another door may be closing for Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, this time in Africa

    Britain’s Muslims See London Mayor Race as Victory

    Mere running of 45-year-old former government minister and son of Pakistani immigrants Sadiq Khan seen by many as turning point

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Segal Ron from: Israel
    March 03, 2013 5:32 PM
    Dear Hassan, I too, read your comment, and i must say i found your description of the Arab Israeli conflict very interesting... you likened it to the squabbles of a married couple... maybe a bit too optimistic... but hey, but what do i know... i am just an ordinary fool who gets his information from the media... in any event, like Shai said - be strong Hassan Al Bannah, make sure your family is secure... maybe, who knows, one day your son or his son after him will bring peace to our wounded region... one day... Amen

    by: Shai Noga from: Haifa, Israel
    March 03, 2013 3:29 PM
    Dear Mr Bannah, i read your comment with concern. Please be aware that the great contending forces in Syria, allied to different faction, are far greater than Israel's persuasive appeal to the US could ever be. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey... each one of these great powers exceeds Israel's advocacy by many orders of magnitude. As you know, we do monitor events in Syria, but believe me when i say we are incompetent to effect the outcome - nor, i am afraid, is the U.S. - in this conflict, we are but minor players

    So be strong brother, for God created man in His own image... in the image of Him created He them... equal before His throne of Justice.

    by: Hassan Al Bannah from: Syria
    March 02, 2013 10:55 PM
    America, listen please, $60m for Jabhat Al Nusra is not good for you. i don't believe you understand who you are supporting. Jabhat l Nusra is Al Qaeda - it is Hamas - these people are your sworn enemies. America, Please talk to the Israelis before you give help to Al Nusra. I fought against the Israelis in Lebanon in the 1980, we know them and we respect. Arabs and Israel is like fight inside a marriage in family. America, please ask israel before you make your decision. we know you love Israel and they are really good, know very smart. America, don't make stupid decision

    by: Timothy
    March 02, 2013 10:50 PM
    Tragic in the extreme - however it goes to illustrate that Russia
    is a key player in the Midle East, supplying weapons and munitions to a host of countries, who in turn use them without hesitation on their population. Africa is no different, perhaps with China and North Korea involvement and others who remain anonymous.

    by: James Livingston
    March 02, 2013 6:06 PM
    Actually a number of nations still use cluster bombs. They include Israel and the US, both nations dropped large numbers of cluster bombs in Southern Lebanon and Iraq respectively in recent years.
    Nor do I think that either Israel or the US are signatories to said UN treaty either. If so then they ignored it any way.

    by: kamil
    March 02, 2013 2:56 PM
    heartbreaking photo. geopolitical gaming is casing terrible consequences. human sufferings unimaginable. its so sad, one can only pray for them.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labori
    X
    May 05, 2016 6:44 PM
    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
    Video

    Video Donations Rescue Afghan Parents, Children From Forced Labor

    A Facebook campaign organized by a VOA radio host raised 150,000 Afghan rupees to rescue a family from forced labor at a brick kiln in Nangarhar province – the result of the father’s unpaid debt. Video by a VOA reporter in Jalalabad went viral this week and triggered the Facebook campaign.
    Video

    Video Kurdish Troops Recount Firefight Which Killed US Navy SEAL

    A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday, when Islamic State fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq, was part of a quick reaction force sent to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive. VOA's Kawa Omar spoke with Kurdish troops in the town of Telskuf -- the scene of what U.S. officials called a "dynamic firefight."
    Video

    Video British Lawmakers Warn EU Exit Talks Could Last A Decade

    Leaving the European Union would mean difficult negotiations that could take years to complete, according to a bipartisan group of British lawmakers. While the group did not recommend a vote either way, the lawmakers noted trade deals between the EU and non-EU states take between four and nine years on average. Henry Ridgwell reports on the mounting debate over whether Britain should stay or exit the EU as the June vote approaches.
    Video

    Video NASA Astronauts Train for Commercial Space Flights

    Since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, the United States has been relying on Russian rockets to launch fresh crews to the International Space Station. But that may change in the next few years. NASA and several private space companies are developing advanced capsules capable of taking humans into low orbit and beyond. As VOA's George Putic reports, astronauts are already training for commercial spacecraft in flight simulators.
    Video

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    The White House is expressing concern about rising political chaos in Iraq and the impact it could have on the fight against the Islamic State. The U.S. says Iraq needs a stable, central government to help push back the group. But some say Baghdad may not have a unified government any time soon. VOA's White House correspondent Mary Alice Salinas reports.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora