A cluster bomb or munition is a weapon comprising multiple explosive submunitions which are dispensed from a container.
An explosive submunition is a munition designed to be dispensed in multiple quantities from a container and to detonate prior to, on, or after impact.
Cluster munitions indiscriminately scatter explosives over a wide area. Many of the bomblets or submunitions fail to explode on impact, therefore these weapons kill and injure civilians long after conflict.
MAPW supports a growing international process to conclude a new treaty that will prohibit these unacceptable weapons and assist individuals and communities in need.
In 2006 MAPW representatives were a part of a humanitarian delegation to Lebanon to research the impacts of cluster munitions used in the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.
- Cluster Bombs: the Case of Lebanon - A MAPW and Australians for Lebanon report, 2007
- News, background and information on cluster bombs from the Cluster Munition Coalition