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Rights group claims fresh evidence of cluster bombs in Libya

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Rights group claims fresh evidence of cluster bombs in Libya

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With fighting in Misrata intensifying, claims are growing stronger that Libyan forces are using cluster bombs.

The New York based Human Rights Watch says it has confirmed witness accounts from the ground.

Its Communications Director, Emma Daly said: “We’ve talked to several witnesses who claim to have seen other cluster munitions strikes and we have the remnants of what appears to be a cluster munitions strike, including a submunition or bomblet.”

Most countries have banned the use of the munitions because of their indiscriminate nature and bomblets inside often remain unexploded. But the Libyan government has denied the charge. On Saturday, a top army commander said Libyan Armed Forces were not even trained to use such weapons.

Rights groups have warned that the situation is dire in Misrata with hospitals unable to cope with a growing number of casualties.