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    Hailstorm Sets Off Bomblets in Lebanon Tue Nov 20, 2007 Associated Press
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      Hailstorm Sets Off Bomblets in Lebanon
      Tue Nov 20, 2007
      Associated Press
      http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2007/11/20/1110273-hailstorm-sets-off-bomblets-in-lebanon


      BEIRUT — The season's first hailstorm Tuesday was a blessing in
      disguise for cluster bomb-infested parts of southern Lebanon,
      triggering blasts from previously unexploded bomblets. No injuries
      were reported.

      After a long dry spell across Lebanon, hailstones as big as walnuts
      hit villages and struck undiscovered bomblets scattered across the
      landscape, the state-run National News Agency reported.

      Dalya Farran, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Mine Action
      Coordination Center (MACC), confirmed that many cluster bombs exploded
      when they were hit by hailstones in villages near the town of Marjayoun.

      More than 30 people have been killed by cluster bombs in southern
      Lebanon since last year's war between Hezbollah and Israel.

      The United Nations and human rights groups accuse Israel of dropping
      about 4 million cluster bomblets during the war. Up to 1 million
      failed to explode and now endanger civilians in the area.

      Cluster bombs look like huge canisters. When dropped, they open in
      flight and eject dozens or hundreds of small bomblets, often across a
      wide area. Some fail to explode on impact and detonate later when moved.

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