Fuel-air munitions used on civilan targets
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombers that attacked the hamlet of Internally Displaced Persons bordering Piramanthanaa'ru and Uzhavanoor in the early hours of Saturday have deployed Russian made ODAB-500 PM cluster bombs in their indiscriminate attack that killed three civilians, including a child, eyewitnesses told TamilNet's Vanni correspondent on Saturday. Seven children were among the wounded. Colombo's use of cluster bomb comes as more than 100 countries are scheduled to meet in Oslo on Wednesday to sign a treaty banning the use of cluster bombs.
The indiscriminate bombardment has destroyed more than 29 shelters of the IDPs within the 'secure zone' announced by Colombo government a few weeks ago.
Fuel-air explosives, referred to by the Russians as ODAB-500 weapons dispense a cloud of fuel near the ground that mixes with the air. Ignition produces a heightened explosive effect. The ODAB (volume-detonation free-fall bombs) types were extensively used by Russia during the second Chechnyan war.