Cluster bombs are in the news again. Amnesty International has confirmed that 35 women and children were killed by the weapons following a US attack on an alleged al-Qaida hideout in Yemen.
There were initial attempts to bury the story. Yemen officially denied that any civilians had been killed as a result of the December 17 strike on al-Majala in the south.
However it proved impossible to cover up what is believed to be the largest loss of life in a single US attack in the country.
Even if the civilian casualties were a miscalculation on the part of the US military, these deaths underline that cluster munitions are far too dangerous a weapon to be used in war. They have no place whatsoever in civilian areas.