People dig in the rubble in an ongoing search for survivors at a site hit previously by an airstrike in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Syrian and Russian airstrikes on Aleppo have prompted accusations of war crimes over claims they involve sophisticated weaponry that can have a devastating effect in residential areas. It is not clear exactly what armaments have been deployed but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cited reports of incendiary weapons and bunker buster bombs, while barrel bombs and cluster munitions have also been used previously in Syria.Cluster munitions: internationally banned weapons that release smaller submunitions or "bomblets" over a wider area.Brice quoted a report by the NGO Action on Armed Violence, which found that when explosive weapons are utilized in populated areas, 92 percent of people killed and injured are civilians.
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