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WW2 Memorial Day and the Threat of Unexploded Ordnance: Russian Roulette 

Not only are the civilians of Ilovaisk facing a humanitarian crisis, the threat of unexploded ordnance from the fighting also looms large. Now, small but dedicated teams are trying to dispose of the ordnance before more civilians get hurt.
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Any use of cluster munitions deserves condemnation, but the best response is for all nations to join the treaty banning them and work collectively to rid the world of these weapons.
Steve Goose, Arms Division Director - Human Rights Watch, “HRW: Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs”, NOW media, Sept. 01, 2014

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Two armed men pose with a US-made cluster bomb shell in northern Yemen.

BANGKOK, April 2 (Reuters) - A suspected World War II bomb exploded in the Thai capital as scrap metal workers tried to cut it open with a blow torch, killing at least seven people and injuring 19, police said.

Construction workers found the shell at a construction site and brought it to a warehouse on the outskirts of Bangkok to be cut up.

"We believe the bomb dates back to World War Two and weighed about 227 kg. As they probably did not know (what to do), they used a blow torch to try to cut open the bomb," said police superintendent Kamthorn Uicharoen.



Instrumentos para achar as UXO #uxo #laos #landmines #bombs #indochinawar (at UXO)

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File this under: Unsafe Handling.

We were going through folders tonight looking for a set of pix for a story in works, and tripped over this memory, of a Syrian friend who had stepped away from the car for a few minutes and came walking back with a pair of unexploded submunitions he had found in a ditch.

No matter how emphatically we asked him to put them down, he just kept walking around with them. Finally, slightly amused, he heaved back and threw them, baseball-style, one by one, toward those shrubs you can see over his right shoulder.

This is a too-common behavior in Syria.

Never handle unexploded ordnance.  Leave it alone, mark the area near it, warn others of its presence and notify the authorities, an NGO or a professional who can evaluate next steps.