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Pentagon to Change Food Package Color

November 02, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The Pentagon said it would change the color of airdropped food packets from yellow to blue after United Nations and human rights groups said the relief items might be confused with the yellow canisters of unexploded bomblets from cluster bombs dropped on Afghanistan.

"It is unfortunate that the cluster bombs--the unexploded ones--are the same color as the food packets," said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said both the packets and the bomblets were colored yellow so they would be easily visible.

Human Rights Watch called on the Pentagon to stop dropping the cluster bombs because some don't explode on impact and are hazardous to civilians.

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