Syria Denies Using Cluster Bombs in Battle With Rebels

Footage seems to indicate otherwise


Syria denied on Monday that it had used cluster bombs in its battle with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad, saying it did not possess such weapons.

A brief military statement carried by state television came in response to a report by Human Rights Watch which said on Sunday that government forces had dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas.

"The Syrian Arab Army does not possess these kinds of weapons and affirms that these reports [of their use] are completely untrue," the army statement said.