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cluster bomb

n.
A projectile that, when dropped from an aircraft or fired through the air, releases explosive fragments over a wide area.
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cluster bomb

n
(Military) a bomb that throws out a number of smaller bombs or antipersonnel projectiles when it explodes
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clus′ter bomb`

a bomb or shell designed to burst in midair and disperse small fragmentation bombs over a wide area.
[1960–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cluster bomb - bomb consisting of a canister that is dropped from a plane and that opens to release a cluster of bomblets (usually fragmentation bombs) over a wide area; "cluster bombs cannot be targeted precisely"
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
bomblet, cluster bomblet - one of the smaller bombs that are released from a cluster bomb
antipersonnel bomb, anti-personnel bomb, daisy cutter, fragmentation bomb - a bomb with only 10 to 20 per cent explosive and the remainder consisting of casings designed to break into many small high-velocity fragments; most effective against troops and vehicles
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cluster bomb

nSplitterbombe f
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It is important to mention here that use of cluster munitions has been banned by 102 countries because they cause disproportionate civilian casualties but still Indian forces are using it with no stoppage.
As a result of bombardment by cluster munitions, at least two civilians - including a four-year-old boy - were martyred and 11 were injured.
The use of cluster munitions, according to the international law, is banned.
For many years, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed its deep concern about cluster munitions. In 2000, it called on States to stop using them and to urgently negotiate a legally binding instrument to address the wide- spread human suffering caused by these weapons.
He observed that India was neither ready for mediation nor bilateral engagement and yet it continued to carry out ceasefire violations, including the violation of the Geneva Convention through the use of cluster munitions.
According to the statement released by the ISPR, as a result of the bombardment by cluster munitions, at least two civilians including a four-year-old boy were martyred and 11 were injured.
Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 4, 2019 In a series of tweets, the premier said India's use of cluster munitions was in violation of global humanitarian laws andNew Delhi's commitments under the 1983 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
When the ICRC called again for urgent international action on cluster munitions in October 2007, I reminded States that 'opportunities to prevent untold human suffering do not occur often.' The Convention we now have represents just such an opportunity.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) accused the Coalition of using cluster munitions in strikes on the towns of al-Sha'afa and Hajin, leading to civilian casualties.
But what are cluster munitions, and why do they hurt civilians to such an extent?
One subset of the menace, cluster munitions, is singularly vicious.

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