If the cluster bombs fail to
detect their target, they are designed to
self-destruct in the air, or if that fails,
to deactivate themselves after a short time.
But sometimes those mechanisms don't work,
posing a lethal danger for those who later
Saudi Arabia says there are
only Yemeni forces that Saudi Arabia is
supporting, according to Brig. Gen. Ahmed
Asiri, a Saudi military spokesman. He told
CNN Saudi Arabia has been using CBU-105 in
Yemen against armored vehicles and not in
Human Rights Watch included
video, marked-up satellite maps and photos
in its report.
The video shows delivery
devices falling from the sky by small
parachutes then deploying its bombs with a
burst of black smoke in midair. Shallow
explosions spread over areas on the ground
below. The images were shot by pro-Houthis
in April, HRW said.
The U.S. Department of
Defense has said it will stop the transfer
to foreign governments of cluster munitions
that leave behind more than 1% of their
bombs unexploded -- but not until after
"Saudi-led cluster munition
airstrikes have been hitting areas near
villages, putting local people in danger,"
Steve Goose, the director of HRW's arms
division, said in a statement. "These
weapons should never be used under any
The human rights activists
say the cluster munitions were dropped over
northern Saada governorate, a Houthi
stronghold near Saudi Arabia. The satellite
map shows the target area in the mountains
above the villages of al-Ssam and al-Safraa.
people live in al-Safraa in times of peace,
HRW said.Saudi Arabia Used U.S. Supplied
Cluster Bombs in Yemen.