The State Department is investigating whether Israel misused US-made cluster bombs in civilian areas of Lebanon.
The United Nations said unexploded cluster bombs, which are anti-personnel weapons that spray bomblets over a wide area litter bombed-out homes, gardens and highways in south Lebanon.
"We are definitely looking into these allegations, and we'll see where they lead," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said Friday.
The inquiry will determine whether the munitions were used, and if so how, Gallegos said.
A spokeswoman for the UN Mine Action Coordination Center refused to comment on the investigation. She said it is not illegal to use cluster bombs against soldiers or enemy fighters, but the Geneva Conventions bar their use in civilian areas.
Relief organizations and the UN mine office have reported finding evidence that Israel used three types of American-made cluster bombs during its 34-day war with Hezbollah militants, during . . . . . . . . .