Reports of Another Cluster Munitions Strike in Northern Syria.
This time in Azaz. If the images above are authentic, then once again the Syrian Air Force (part of the military of a government that claims not to have used cluster munitions in this war) has dropped an RBK dispenser with PTAB 2.5M submunitions. More about this weapon, and its provenance, here, here and in the NYT report of a similar strike on Marea last month. Video of the Marea strike is here. (The video can also be accessed through the NYT article.)
Initial reports from Azaz today, which are not yet independently confirmed, suggest that eastern side of the city was hit and six people were wounded, including a woman who lost one of her legs.
Remember: Officially, none of this happened, because Syria is not using cluster bombs. (Like the United States, Syria is not party to the international convention banning cluster munitions, and can use them — as the Pentagon has in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Kosovo, and elsewhere — without violating any international agreements.)
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS
Screen grabs from two freshly released videos (here and here).