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Cluster bomb found in Sudan’s South Kordofan


May 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Unexploded cluster ammunitions have been found in South Kordofan state where the Sudanese army fight the rebel Sudan people’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) since June 2011.

The remnants of the tail section of an RBK-500 AO-2.5RT cluster bomb found near the village of Ongolo in southern Sudan. (photo HRW)

The London-based Independent newspaper published on Thursday two photos of unexploded cluster bomb in Ongolo, Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. Villagers said the ammunition was dropped by a Sudanese warplane on 15 April.

Human Rights Watch in a statement released the same day following the publication of the pictures identified the bomb as "a Soviet-made RBK-500 cluster bomb containing AO-2.5 RT submunitions (individual bomblets)."

The rights group further said that this was not the first time a cluster bomb was found in South Kordofan. It revealed that a Chinese-manufactured Type-81 DPICM bomb was found in town of Troji where two teenage boys were killed when one picked up a sub-munition by its orange-coloured ribbon.

Cluster munitions are explosive weapons, dropped by aircrafts or launched from the ground, which release sub-munitions over a wide area. The bomblets usually have the size of a tennis ball. Some are attractive to children because of their unusual shape or bright colour.

Human Rights Watch urged Khartoum, which denies reports it used these munitions, to probe the discovery of cluster bombs in the restive region. Also, the group called on it to join an international treaty banning the weapon.

Two "pairs" of partially dispersed AO-2.5RT submunitions found near the village of Ongolo in southern Sudan. (photo HRW)

"Sudan claims it doesn’t possess cluster bombs, so why have cluster munitions been found on its territory?" said Steve Goose, Arms Division director at Human Rights Watch.

"Cluster bombs cause unnecessary and unjustified risk and harm to civilians. We believe they should not be used by armed forces, anywhere, any time," he further stressed.

There are 111 signatories among them only 71 countries ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions of May 2008. Sudan, China, Russia and the United States did not endorsed it officially.


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  • 25 May 2012 09:41, by zulu


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    • 25 May 2012 11:41, by Johndumo14

      Sudan is boming SPLA using Cluster bombs as " a Soviet-made RBK-500 cluster bomb and Chinese-manufactured Type-81 DPICM bomb.Cluster munitions are explosive weapons, dropped by Sudanese aircrafts or launched from the ground, which release submunitions over a wide area. This is not the first time a cluster bomb was found in South Sudan. SPLA must warn the public especially childern to be carefull.

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      • 25 May 2012 13:51, by SEE ME

        A cluster munition is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that releases or ejects smaller sub-munitions. Commonly, this is a cluster bomb that ejects explosive bomblets that are designed to kill enemy personnel and destroy vehicles.

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        • 25 May 2012 13:59, by SEE ME

          History of use of cluster munition :
          >Yugoslavia, 1999 Cluster munitions were used by NATO forces in 1999
          > Afghanistan, 2001 Used by the United States
          > Iraq, 2003 Used by the United States and the United Kingdom
          > Second Chechen War Russia repeatedly fired cluster munitions into Chechnya.

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        • 26 May 2012 13:12, by SEE ME

          Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions, which it can use to attack Lebanon

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  • 25 May 2012 09:41, by SEE ME

    HRW must first ask USA to stop the use of cluster bombs.

    HRW must first ask ISRAEL to stop using of cluster bombs in south LEBONAN.

    HRW must stop double standrads and not only support what supported by USA, UK, FRANCE and ISRAEL.

    HRW must understand that the population of the world is 7000 millionns and all of them are human beings with segregation based on color, race and religion.

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    • 25 May 2012 10:41, by South South

      See the language of Ja’alin, supporting NCP and Bashir only then turn around and call themslves Darfurians. Fake black Arab of Sudan think that people will not see their cheap and poor attempt to cover up for NCP and Bashir, the criminal wanted by ICC.

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  • 25 May 2012 09:43, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Look at it,this for killing the black skin people,God will one day punish the doers,Omer Bashir is the frist follow by his defence minister Hussien,Mahmmed Tahir and the rest will follow soon.


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  • 25 May 2012 09:46, by SEE ME

    Human Rights Watch is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights

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  • 25 May 2012 09:51, by SEE ME

    "The BIASED" Human Rights Watch was founded as a private American NGO in 1978, under the name of Helsinki Watch, to monitor the former Soviet Union’s compliance with the Helsinki Accords

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  • 25 May 2012 09:58, by SEE ME

    HRW has been criticized by national governments, other NGOs, its founder and former Chairman Robert L.

    Bernstein, and the media. It has been accused by critics of being influenced by United States government policy, in particular in relation to reporting on Latin America.

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    • 25 May 2012 17:52, by zulu


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  • 25 May 2012 10:03, by SEE ME

    BIASED HRW ignoring anti-Semitism in Europe or being anti-Semitic; biases in relation to the Arab–Israeli conflict; and unfair and biased reporting of human rights issues in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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    • 25 May 2012 10:27, by Aaban

      There will be a no days that your wicked Ja’alin tribe respect the life of other human being,, but there is no worries since you sold your soul to evil, you will always Denial other people good living and dance when you hear some bad news from non Ja’alin people, LONG LIVE FUR AFRICAN TRIBES,

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      • 25 May 2012 10:45, by Aaban

        There will be no days that Fòòrà Fòòrà’ people going to celebrated the death of their African tribe leave alone those in south Kordofan, we were born to be murder by coward Ja’alin criminal clan,

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        • 25 May 2012 12:43, by SEE ME


          If you belong to FUR then the original land of FUR is WAU.

          DARFUR is the land of DAJO and MASALEET

          Did you hear about SULTAN "KASOFORO" ?

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      • 25 May 2012 12:37, by SEE ME

        Then you are from FUR tribe.

        Iam from Baggara tribe. Do you know Abu Mansour who died and now his son Mohamed Mansour ABDULGADIR is in his place in KAASS?

        FUR of KAASS are supporters for Ja’alin

        Are you planning ethnic cleansing for AWLAD ELREEF in Elfasher Abu Zakariya?

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        • 25 May 2012 14:09, by Aaban

          12 students injured in attack at Nyala University

          Students arrested at Ahlia University

          Sudanese journalists condemn closing down of newspaper
          Is this a people government? Only Ja’alin clan will called it a people Government because they benefit from other people blood,
          I don’t have time to be fool by masters here, I batter find my own living,

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          • 25 May 2012 14:20, by SEE ME

            Don’t post your lies here about NIYALA.

            Are you in KALMA CAMP right now?

            Do you want meet me north NIYALA at jabal SAGHERA?

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            • 25 May 2012 15:29, by Aaban

              Ja’alin boy, you don’t dictate who is who in my region please, I know who you are please, you are agent of Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe who love suck other people blood, you should be a shame of your talking creative, God know that you are not from Darfur otherwise you are Ja’alin salve

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    • 25 May 2012 10:30, by Observer

      See Me,

      For someone so anti Israel it is interesting to see you protesting against those being anti- semetic. Perhaps when you copy and paste you need to know the meaning of what you are copy and pasting.

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      • 25 May 2012 10:35, by Thorbanat

        The use of cluster bomb must be condemn in any strong words. Cluster bombs has long side effect on environment and it is a dead weapon that need to be banned on earth. It is wrong for China and Russia to keep supplying Sudan with this dangerous arsenal.

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      • 25 May 2012 12:53, by SEE ME


        Bear in mind that I have good Jewish friends when I was in the white man’s land. I hate only the racist JEWS and zionists.
        Bear in mind that we muslisms instructed by ALLAH to repect JEWS and Christians who believe in ALLAH/GOD.

        At the same time; I want you to know that I don’t hate the peoples of SOUTH SUDAN. I do hate some members of SPLA/M who are bought and sold by the racist JEWS.

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      • 25 May 2012 13:19, by SEE ME


        MY main issue is to prove that "HRW is a BIASED organization".

        You better advice your SPLA/M not to follow them blindly.

        Iam sure the BIASED HRW will sell you very soon.

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        • 25 May 2012 14:27, by SEE ME

          The biased HRW when well paid by some ARABS who are non-believers in ALLAH and who follow the track of the racist JEWS.

          Not all ARABS are good to Sudan. Many ARABS are just tools in the hands of USA.

          USA is an only an ajustible wrench in the hands of JEWS

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        • 25 May 2012 23:53, by Observer

          See Me,

          You know what they say about people who assume..it makes an ass of them. And you are making an ass of yourself.
          I am not a South Sudanese. I live in Sudan and have a Sudanese passport so stop being stupid with your implications that I am from the South. You know nothing about me yet you carry on if you know everything.

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    • 25 May 2012 11:07, by Jewish Ally

      it is an abomination to hear you talking about ant-Semitic, you are always condemning Israel.
      if your primitive ncp do not adjust for killing civilian with this deadly booms soon.
      RSS will soon acqire and used them against you, you will test the tense of it
      bunch of Devils idiot your inhuman are seen world wide, against innocent Sudanese

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      • 25 May 2012 13:00, by SEE ME

        The biased HRW when well paid by some ARABS who are non-believers in ALLAH and who follow the track of the racist JEWS.

        Not all ARABS are good to Sudan. Many ARABS are just tools in the hands of USA.

        USA is an only an ajustible wrench in the hands of JEWS.

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        • 25 May 2012 13:39, by Aaban

          Maybe you are loom full stop,
          Do not denial your wicked clan otherwise your coward devil Ja’alin tribe will vanished you, there is nothing good about Hashimite people, we will never going to forgive you until we all die. Master,

          And by the way your fooling time is over so you can never fool anyone from Darfur apart from those mouth pieces al-Haj Adam Youssef which we already rejected ,

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          • 25 May 2012 14:14, by SEE ME

            al-Haj Adam Youssef is from BENI HALBA

            BENI HALBA are neighbors to FUR.

            When do your FUR will attack BENI HALBA?

            There is no Ja’alin tribe in DARFUR and you check the maps of DARFUR made by your white JEWish masters.

            FUR are strong believers in ALLAH but you degraded them "KOONACHO Is the best example".

            Forget about that; when and where we meet so you will send me out DARFUR?

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            • 25 May 2012 15:43, by Aaban

              Why are you pushing it so hart Ja’alin boy? Do you think I don’t do whatsoever you think you can do Huh?
              And by the way why are your name SEE ME? What does it mean?
              Stope being a liar just like you called yourself SEE ME. I cannot talk with you pagan coward. What do you know about Darfur? While hiding your ass behind other brave people of my region, what is wrong with your Ja’alin names since

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              • 25 May 2012 15:50, by Aaban

                you are holding power? You can even called yourself MASETER like your uncle do. you are very powerful why are still coward and you already killed 3000 people in my region? just name yourself srial killer, murderer or even genovidual, racist or may be wicked, stope being silly Ja’alin boy please.

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              • 26 May 2012 15:32, by SEE ME


                So you learned how to use OBSCENE language from SOUTHERN SUDANESE.

                I will not use that bad language but looking to meet you any where in DARFUR even if there will be peace among DARFURIANS.

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  • 26 May 2012 13:13, by SEE ME

    Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions, which it can use to attack Lebanon

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  • 26 May 2012 13:21, by SEE ME

    Israel Caused Holocaust Palestine Lebanon

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  • 26 May 2012 13:23, by SEE ME

    They (US & ISRAEL) perforate the organs, the kidneys and liver like a sieve rendering the victims inoperable
    The so-called flechettes, literally the force of these razor sharp steel slivers has taken people’s legs off
    They ran those bulldozers over everything including shelters which people were trying to take refuge

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  • 26 May 2012 13:27, by SEE ME

    Israel has a long history of using extreme force against civilian populations. During “Operation Peace for Galilee,” Israel slaughtered nearly 20,000 Lebanese and Palestinian civilians in Lebanon.

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    • 26 May 2012 19:59, by mogokafi

      You are talking about Israel and Palestine and forgotten Sudan. The current war waged against the indigenous in the Nuba Mts, Blue Nile, and Darfur and is extending to far north and east will never be resolved unless Arabs redefine Sudan in new bases for all of us. I’m a Muslim but I’m not an Arab and will never be. I honor and uphold my identity as well as my civilizations of the Nile valley.

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  • 26 May 2012 13:28, by SEE ME

    Losing its morals and marbles: Israel’s fight for Lebanon

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  • 26 May 2012 13:33, by SEE ME

    Israel has asked for another shipment of precision-guided munitions, which is likely to be approved, the US senior official said.
    In July Human Rights Watch said its researchers had uncovered evidence that Israel had fired cluster munitions on July 19 at the Lebanese village of Bilda.

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  • 26 May 2012 13:35, by SEE ME

    Hunman Rights Watch said it had interviewed survivors of the Israel attack, who described incoming artillery shells dispensing hundreds of cluster submunitions on the village.

    Human Rights Watch also released photographs, taken recently in northern Israel, of what it said were American-supplied artillery shells that had markings showing they carried cluster munitions.

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  • 26 May 2012 13:36, by SEE ME

    Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions, which it can use to attack Lebanon

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  • 26 May 2012 13:38, by SEE ME

    Between 1982 and 1988 the United States did maintain a moratorium on selling cluster munitions to Israel, following disclosures that civilians in Lebanon had been killed with the weapons during the 1982 Israeli invasion.

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  • 26 May 2012 13:52, by SEE ME

    Senator Ted Stevens and those in the Senate who opposed banning cluster bombs on Sept. 9 might want to reflect on what actual utility the US cluster bombs used by Israel in Lebanon actually achieved.

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  • 26 May 2012 13:55, by SEE ME

    The rocket commander, who said he had complained to Israel’s Defense Minister but has received no response, stated:
    "In Lebanon, we covered entire villages with cluster bombs. What we did there was crazy and monstrous."

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  • 26 May 2012 14:05, by SEE ME

    Cluster munitions were used extensively by Soviet and United States forces in Afghanistan between 1979 and 2002, and at least 745 people have been injured by cluster munitions there since 1980.

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  • 26 May 2012 14:06, by SEE ME

    Between October 2001 and early 2002 alone, US aircraft dropped 1,228 cluster bombs containing 248,056 submunitions in 232 strikes on locations throughout the country.

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