|Cluster bombing of Niš|
|Location||Niš, Serbia, Yugoslavia|
|Date||7 May 1999 , 12 May 1999|
|Deaths||14 to 16|
|Injured||28 on first atack,11 on second atack |
The cluster bombings of Niš were events that occurred on 7 and 12 May 1999 during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. The first bombing was the most serious event involving civilian deaths and the use of cluster bombs during the NATO campaign in Yugoslavia.
On 7 May 1999, between the time of 11:30 and 11:40, fighter jets of the Royal Netherlands Air Force dropped two containers of cluster bombs over Niš, directed at Niš Airport, located at the end of the city. The bombs missed their target and fell near the city center, which is at least 3km from the airport. The bombs were scattered from the two containers and were carried by the wind and then fell in three locations in the central part of the city:
On 12 May 1999, eastern part of the city was bombed with cluster bombs, resulting in 11 injured people. Many of injuries were amputations. This part of a city , Duvaniste, is more than 7 km from the airport. First victim of that bombing was in 2000., when one man was killed from the bomb that was left unexploded.
After the incident the Royal Netherlands Air Force stopped using cluster bombs in the campaign, but other NATO members continued to use them.