Israel kills peacekeepers???

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  1. 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/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-07-25T213026Z_01_L25314960_RTRUKOC_0_US-MIDEAST-LEBANON-UN.xml&WTmodLoc=NewsHome-C3-worldNews-2

    Edit to add link
    T C
     
  2. 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

     
  3. Wonder what they saw that lead to the targeting - or is it eliminating witnesses for what comes next?
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. 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
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. '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
     
  12. Mora that is a Nazi comic not a credible media source.
     
  13. Yaaaawwwwn. Good to see Mora back and unbaised as always.
     
  14. RIP.

    Is anybody surprised?

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

    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.