Svay Rieng (FN), Feb. 14 - CMAC officials discovered 12 new U.S chemical bombs sites in Romeas Haek district, Svay Rieng Province, according to Heng Ratana, Director General of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) on Wednesday.
In addition to these 12 new locations, over 40 chemical bombs sites were found in Romeas Haek, some of which were under local people’s houses and some in the plantations.
So far, more than 100 people have been sent to hospital as most of them suffered inflamed and swollen skins and shortness of breath.
In early December 2017, United Nations Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent their technical experts to review and evaluate U.S chemical bombs found in Mondulkiri, Tbong Khmum and Svay Rieng provinces.
The Convention on Chemical Weapons states that the country owning chemical weapons shall bear responsibility for the clearance of these weapons. Following this convention, the United States has an obligation to clear those chemical bombs and pay the damages.
According to CMAC’s database with the confirmation of the former US President Bill Clinton in 2000, the US had dropped approximately 2.8 million tons of bombs during 1963 to 1975.