In Azaz, Syria, in late January, Syrian government forces used what arms experts say is a particularly deadly weapon. Residents say a plane dropped nine large cluster bombs on this neighborhood on the outskirts of town.
The Russian markings on these bombs indicate they were made more than 30 years ago. Each is specified to contain 30 smaller bombs, which are meant to be released in the air in order to inflict maximum damage. Local resident Mohamed Bakri described what happened.
“We were in our houses when we heard an airplane. Some people ran out into the fields and then the airplane dropped the bombs. We are farmers here. There there are no rebels or terrorists,” said Bakri.
Residents say only one of the large bombs detonated. Its bomblets landed in many places. Witnesses say one penetrated a house and seriously wounded Bakri's brother-in-law, a female cousin and three children.
1.cluster bomb 子母弹；[军] 集束炸弹
The US was supported in the Geneva talks by other cluster bomb manufacturers – including Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan.
2.inflict vt. 造成；使遭受（损伤、痛苦等）；给予（打击等）
Luckily, these are all self-inflicted problems that we can choose to address.