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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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