Rockets armed with cluster munitions for Israel

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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/11/w...y.html?_r=2&th&emc=th&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions
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But some State Department officials have sought to delay the approval because of concerns over the likelihood of civilian casualties
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Israel is asking for the rockets now because it has been unable to suppress Hezbollah’s Katyusha rocket attacks
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The United States had approved the sale of M-26’s to Israel some time ago, but the weapons had not yet been delivered when the crisis in Lebanon erupted. If the shipment is approved, Israel may be told that it must be especially careful about firing the rockets into populated areas, the senior official said.
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Israel has long told American officials that it wanted M-26 rockets for use against conventional armies in case Israel was invaded
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During much of the 1980’s, the United States maintained a moratorium on selling cluster munitions to Israel, following disclosures that civilians in Lebanon had been killed with the weapons during the 1982 Israeli invasion.
 

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