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syria cluster bombs - the remnants

Syria’s volunteer sappers

Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world’s most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, landmines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return.
The result has been tragic.
Booby-traps laid by the Islamic State group in the Kurdish-held town of Kobani, in northern Syria, have killed more than 20 volunteer sappers in 15 months, according to a senior regional official.
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Nelle zone sotto controllo dei ribelli siriani sono dei volontari a farsi carico del compito più rischioso: eliminare bombe a grappolo e mine per rendere sicuro il ritorno dei civili.
Il risultato è tragico.
Solo le mine lasciate dallo Stato Islamico nella città kurda di Kobane hanno ucciso più di 20 volontari in 15 mesi, secondo fonti ufficiali.

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Moto bomba - Douma (Siria)

Art of surviving

Stufe, utensili, strumenti musical, fino all’incredibile moto-bomba. Sono le creazioni di questo artigiano di Douma, un sobborgo di Damasco.
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AO-2.5 RTM cluster bomb

Cluster bombs monitor: Russia

The Russian Federation has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Russia has rarely commented on why it has not joined the ban convention. In its last statement related to the matter in November 2011, Russia argued that cluster munitions play “a very substantive role” and “cannot be abandoned yet” due to their “defensive role.”

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cluster bombs

Cluster bombs monitor: U.S.A.

The United States of America (US) has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
The US used cluster munitions in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam (1960s and 1970s); Grenada and Lebanon (1983); Libya (1986); Iran (1988); Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia (1991); Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995); Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo (1999); Afghanistan (2001 and 2002); and Iraq (2003).

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M77 DPICM Cluster Munition

Cluster bombs monitor: Italy

The Republic of Italy signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 3 December 2008, ratified on 21 September 2011, and the convention entered into force for the country on 1 March 2012.

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BLU 42 cluster submunition

CLUSTER BOMBS #3: SPIDER MINE

The Wide Area Antipersonnel Mine (WAAPM) BLU-42, is an air-delivered antipersonnel mine, an adaptation of the ‘guava’ bomblet; it is a spherical metallic object with external flanges and a fuze similar to that of the ‘guava’.

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BLU 26 cluster submunition

CLUSTER BOMBS #2: GUAVA

North Vietnamese called “Guava” (another tropical fruit, similar to an apple) a model of cluster bomb much more lethal than the “Pineapple: the BLU 26.

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Giulio Gavotti

MADE IN ITALY #2: THE AERIAL BOMBING

The first aerial bombing in History.

1st november 1911(Italo-Turkish War): Giulio Gavotti flew his early model Etrich Taube monoplane against Ottoman military in Libya

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