A day's worth of shelling a UN position an honest mistake

Discussion in 'Politics' started by jorgeamado88, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5218926.stm


    UN deaths

    Details have emerged about the deaths of four unarmed UN observers after an Israeli air strike hit a UN post in south Lebanon on Tuesday.

    UN staff had contacted Israeli troops 10 times to ask them to stop firing before a precision missile landed on the building, an initial UN report into the incident said.

    Each time the UN contacted Israeli forces, they were assured the firing would stop, the report said.




    “But you need to look at the events of yesterday,” he urged. “The shelling of the UN position, which is long-established and clearly marked, started in the morning and went on till after 7:00 p.m., when we lost contact.”

    “You can imagine the anguish of the soldiers and the men and women – unarmed military observers – who were down there in the service of peace,” he said, stressing that the peacekeepers were in frequent touch with the Israeli army, pleading with them to avoid striking their location.

    However, Mr. Annan added, “we await the investigations.”

    Meanwhile, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jane Holl Lute, also welcomed Israel’s call for an investigation, transmitting the Organization’s preference for a joint probe, as she briefed the Security Council today on the fatal incident.

    UNIFIL reported that 21 strikes were made within 300 meters of the patrol base yesterday, with the mission protesting each one to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). Ms. Holl Lute added that she herself, as well as Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, made several calls to Israel’s UN embassy to reiterate those protests.

    After UNIFIL headquarters lost contact with the base, it coordinated safe passage for two armoured personnel carriers, which reached it at 9:30 p.m. and discovered the shelter collapsed among other major damage, she said. Three observers were found killed and a fourth is feared dead.

    Despite repeated requests to the IDF for abatement, firing was maintained during the rescue operation, she added, and continued to strike near UNIFIL positions as she spoke.

  2. bsmeter


    Shelling the UN all day was a huge mis calculation by the zionists. This news may never be played to the American sheep, opps I mean well meaning tax-payer, but the news will definitely be re played in all the worlds media. Anti semites are probably smiling ear to ear. I feel sorry for the Jews in Israel. They're being screwed by the Zionists and screwed by the Arabs.