Syria has strewn landmines along its borders with Lebanon and Turkey, making it the only country worldwide to use the weapons this year, and is increasingly dropping cluster munitions on civilian areas, campaigners said on Thursday.
Nearly two dozen Syrians, many of them children, are known to have been killed or maimed by Soviet-made mines in border crossing areas so far this year, but the true number of casualties is probably higher, they said.
This is a derail, but I'm pretty sure shipping supplies by sea is an advantage, not a challenge.
(ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - At least 15 people, including two women and five children, were killed Thursday by government air strikes over an Aleppo city neighborhood, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. The air strikes hit the Al Ansari neighborhood, destroying two buildings and wounding at least 20 people, according to SOHR.
Opposition activists posted a video on YouTube showing the bodies of four children, the youngest about one year old, laid out on the floor in a room, while a man recites Islamic prayers.
Binary chemical weapons or munitions are chemical weapons wherein the toxic agent is not contained within the weapon in its active state, but in the form of two chemical precursors, physically separated within the weapon. The precursors are designed to be significantly less toxic than the agent they make when mixed, and this allows the weapon to be transported and stored more safely than otherwise. The safety provided by binary chemical weapons is especially important for people who live near ammunition dumps.
The chemical reaction takes place while the weapon is in flight. Firing the munition ruptures the capsules. The munition spins rapidly in flight, which thoroughly mixes the two precursors, so they can react with one another. Finally, a bursting charge aerosolizes and distributes the chemical agent.
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