Israel kills peacekeepers???

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Israeli raid kills four UN observers
From correspondents in Tyre
July 26, 2006
FOUR UN observers were killed today in an Israeli bombardment of their position in the south Lebanon border town of Khiam, Lebanese security sources said.

UN officials, who had earlier reported casualties in an Israeli direct hit on a position in the area, were not immediately available to confirm the deaths.

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I'm not going to say that this was done on purpose... but I'm sure the Israeli's would have know where the UN observers were.

I'd like to hear what the IDF has to say about this.

Another link-
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsA...BANON-UN.xml&WTmodLoc=NewsHome-C3-worldNews-2

Edit to add link
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According to breaking news on News 24 - Annan has said that Israel deliberately targeted the observation post.

Edited to add news source

From the BBC

A bomb struck the post occupied by the peacekeepers of the Unifil force in the Khiam area, it said.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "shocked" at the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the post.
 
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The UNIFIL have lost four men today due to an Israeli aircraft apparently bombing their shelter or a target nearby. Meanwhile the UN itself said today in a press release:

"This morning, Hezbollah opened small arms fire at a UNIFIL convoy consisting of two armored personnel carriers (APC) on the road between Kunin and Bint Jubayl. There was some damage to the APCs, but no casualties, and the convoy was obliged to return to Kunin."

http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/missions/unifil/unifilpress.htm
(Click 25 July)

Another:

"One unarmed UN military observer, a member of the Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), was seriously wounded by small arms fire in the patrol base in the Marun Al Ras area yesterday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, the fire originated from the Hezbollah side during an exchange with the IDF. He was evacuated by the UN to the Israeli side, from where he was taken by an IDF ambulance helicopter to a hospital in Haifa. He was operated on, and his condition is now reported as stable."

Nice of the Israelis to help the UN out - will this be reported? And another UNIFIL press release:

"Hezbollah firing was also reported from the immediate vicinity of the UN positions in Naqoura and Maroun Al Ras areas at the time of the incidents."

Nothing about Hezbolah attacking the UN on a far more regular basis than the Israelis so far on the news and that Hezbollah are doing their usual trick of hiding behind or near UN posts....is this what happened today? If so how does Annan manage to claim that the UN were deliberately targeted if there were Hezbollah nearby who were the actual target?

More to the point how come the UN does not vacate any areas where Hezbollah are endangering their troops since they won;t use their weapons to drive them off? Time to pull UNIFIL out altogther since they are being hit by both sides.
 
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Wouldn't be the first time. They gave the Indian observers in the Sinai during The Six Day War a pretty good drubbing- including decapitating two soldiers in a jeep with the gun barrel of a tank (which was nice) and running over their checkpoints. IIRC, the Bde Commander was one Ariel Sharon. It was the R/T traffic surrounding this sort of hijinks that the USS Liberty was listening to when the IDF decided to unload onto it.
 
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This obviously shows a trend then....according to your post Crabtastic.

IMHO it is best to wait for whatever facts come out of the incident.

UNIFIL should of been withdrawn years ago for what it was worth - risk not worth the results to them.
 
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And Isreal said it will accept a NATO led force in South Lebanon, providing it has a Robust Mandate.
The US will not provide troops and doubtful if the Frog would find men, both have past expireance of PEACE keping in this part of the world.
No sorry, can't see NATO be so silly, unless the new members care to help out.john
 
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The UN has backed off its initial report somewhat with 2 observers killed and 2 missing. Initial reports were that the dead were from India and then changed to China,Finland,Canada and Austria. I would say we just wait for more word.
 
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jonwilly said:
And Isreal said it will accept a NATO led force in South Lebanon, providing it has a Robust Mandate.
The US will not provide troops and doubtful if the Frog would find men, both have past expireance of PEACE keping in this part of the world.
No sorry, can't see NATO be so silly, unless the new members care to help out.john
Loosely translated- Israel is more than happy for NATO to spend treasure and lives to protect a nation that has continually flouted any semblance of civilized behavior expected of a Western liberal democracy (or any other type of state) and for NATO to be seen as the occupying power, thus further inflaming tensions between the Western and Islamic World.

Sorry, Mora, Arik et al. You made your bed- you can lie in it and just be thankful that Uncle Sam isn't sending you the bill for the aid you've already received.
 
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Arik said:
UNIFIL should of been withdrawn years ago for what it was worth - risk not worth the results to them.
Yep. And the MFO and all the aid money and everything else that is given to any country in the Middle East. We're pissing money down a rathole by trying to unfcuk that region.
 
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'An Israeli air strike destroyed a base of the UN observer force on the border in southern Lebanon on Tuesday night, killing four UN observers

The body of the Chinese victim, whose name is Du Zhaoyu, has been found, said sources of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

By 03:10 am local time Wednesday, the UNIFIL have recovered three bodies of the victims from the rubble, including the Chinese observer.

The other three dead UN Observers were from Finland, Austria and Canada, the UNIFIL sources confirmed.

The bomb made a direct hit on the building and shelter of the observer post in the town of Khiyam near the eastern end of the border with Israel, said Milos Struger, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon known as UNIFIL. '

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2006-07/26/content_649582.htm

just in.

RIP guys
 
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Mora that is a Nazi comic not a credible media source.
 
#15
RIP.

Is anybody surprised?

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3281444,00.html

In 1996, during Israel's Grapes of Wrath campaign in Lebanon, an Israeli jet bombed a UNIFIL compound in the southern village of Qana, killing 106 civilians sheltering inside.
No doubt that IAF were well aware about what place have they bombed. They thought this way:

If the building is occupied by Hezbollah fighters then we could kill a lot of them and accuse UN in aiding for Hezbollah.

If not then (as ever) we could rant about 'a tragic mistake'.

The only method to prevent such 'mistakes' is a threat of immediate retaliation or/and sanctions.
 
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mora said:
armchair_jihad said:
I find this impossible to believe, Israeli racist paranoia masking the deliberate murder of 4 UN personnel.
armchair_jihad said:
Mora that is a Nazi comic not a credible media source.
fair enough, well i'm just googling for you, you can do it yourself

http://www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict/Articles/AIPAC-2002-05-20.asp

One glaring example of the U.N.'s biased policy against Israel is the concealment and vehement denial of the existence of videotape of Hezbollah's abduction of three Israeli soldiers made by U.N. peacekeeping forces in Lebanon. For 11 months, the U.N. lied to the world and denied the existence of any evidence related to the abduction. When the cover-up was exposed, revealing the existence of the videotape, the U.N. eventually showed Israel a heavily edited videotape with the faces of the terrorists blurred. When asked the reason behind this, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan stated it was due to the U.N.'s standing as a neutral organization.

Source: AIPAC, May 20, 2002.

Chief_Joseph said:
While this is interesting (and potentially believable considering the UN handling of Rwanda), I'd like to see some more evidence to back these claims.
yep, and somalia too

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia_Affair
Well done Mora. How about balancing the books with the IDF assassination of Western aid volunteers and their refusal to take part in any form of legal process?

Hurndall, Avery, Butterly? One peace activist is a mistake, three is a bit of a campaign.
 
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Cabarfeidh said:
http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/004340.html

which shows a picture of UN and HZ flags flying side by side.....also pointing out that allegedly the UN and HZ outpost shown shared water and telephones!
Yikes. The last part I need to see more evidence of, but that image is quite Alarming
 
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interesting that her homepage is "art of the airbrush" , not that i am saying the photo is faked, but maybe from a different angle those flags would be much further apart.
 
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rockhoppercrab said:
interesting that her homepage is "art of the airbrush" , not that i am saying the photo is faked, but maybe from a different angle those flags would be much further apart.
Both valid observations, but they certainly are too close for comfort (if the photo is real, looks legit to me, but I can't make that call).
 

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