Gunman kill four factory workers in the embattled city of Homs and injure some twenty others as the Syrian government is accused of using cluster bombs.
On Sunday according to the Syrian Arab News Agency an alleged armed terrorist group detonated an explosive device near a road where a bus transporting factory workers in the city of Homs was traveling, four were killed and twenty others were injured.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) engineering units were able to dismantle twelve other explosives planted near the same road in the countryside intended to deliver even more death and destruction. No group as of yet has taken responsibility.
CBS reported that an anonymous official had stated gunmen had attacked the bus carrying workers to a blanket factory, however the source was not authorized to give statements to the press. CBS went on to report that a suicide bomber had crashed an explosive laden sedan into a coffee shop in Damascus, however the attack caused no fatalities and only damaged property. An Associated Press reporter at the scene according to CBS stated an entire balcony had been ripped off of the building after the dawn attack.
Meanwhile Boston.com reported that human rights groups are now accusing the Syrian government of using cluster bombs. Steve Goose of Human Rights Watch stated that the alleged use of the mostly banned munitions by the Syrian's showed a disregard for civilians in the now 19-month long conflict. "Syria’s disregard for its civilian population is all too evident in its air campaign, which now apparently includes dropping these deadly cluster bombs into populated areas." Steven Goose stated.
According to the report activist for Human Rights Watch, an organization based in the United States, posted at least 18 videos showing the remnants of these cluster bombs in such cities as Homs, Idlib and Aleppo. Cluster bombs are a concern because the munitions are designed to scatter and cause increased damage and casualties, as well munitions left behind unexploded can also harm and kill civilians living in war torn areas.
The United States also used cluster bombs in Iraq according to Human Rights Watch the organization also alleged that Israel had used the munitions during its war with Hezbollah in 2006, even in civilian areas.