It turned out that the UN was wrong about the number of unexploded cluster bombs (duds) still lingering in South Lebanon.
It turned out that the number is not 100 thousand. It is actually around 500 thousand since the total number of cluster bombs delivered to Lebanon is around 1.2 MILLION according to an article by Meron Rapoport in Haaretz today.
The article quotes a commander of a MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) unit in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as saying:
“In Lebanon, we covered entire villages with cluster bombs, what we did there was crazy and monstrous…”
He also said that the
“IDF fired some 1,800 cluster rockets on Lebanon during the war and they contained over 1.2 million cluster bombs”
The United Nations’ land mine removal team in Lebanon expects that 40 percent (equivalent to half a million) of the bombs remain unexploded.
The MLRS commander also said that the IDF used:
“cluster shells fired by 155 mm artillery cannons, so the number of cluster bombs fired on Lebanon is even higher.”
The article goes on to state that:
“…soldiers in the artillery corps testified that the IDF used phosphorous shells…”
And how accurate (surgical precision?) were the rockets used?
“The commander asserted that there was massive use of MLRS rockets despite the fact that they are known to be very inaccurate – the rockets’ deviation from the target reaches to around 1,200 meters – and that a substantial percentage do not explode and become mines.”