The cluster bombs Georgia used during its war with Russia malfunctioned on an “absolutely massive scale,” killing at least three civilians, and leaving the country littered with deadly unexploded bombs, according to new research from Human Rights Watch. The Georgian Ministry of Defense said the findings were “impossible,” because the bombs were never used “nearby/around civilian populated areas.”
Russia and Georgia both made heavy use of the weapons, which more than 100 countries have agreed to outlaw. But top producers like the US, Russia, China, and Israel haven’t signed and won’t abide by the treaty. Georgia’s cluster bombs were purchased from Israel. Georgia says engineers from the company that produced them are conducting “intensive investigations” into whether or not they malfunctioned.