July 26, 2006

Israel attacks UN post

From the Independent:
The United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan accused Israel of deliberately targeting a UN observation post in southern Lebanon, in a bomb attack thought to have killed four unarmed military observers.

Israel's UN ambassador Dan Gillerman hit back today, expressing his "deep regret" for the deaths, but vehemently denying that Israel hit the post intentionally.

Since fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants began two weeks ago, there had been several dozen incidents of firing close to UN peacekeepers and observers, including direct hits on nine positions, some of them repeatedly, a UN official said.

As a result of these attacks, 12 UN personnel have been killed or injured, the official said.
I just googled Israel UN and I was quite shocked to see the The Australian leading with Israel's denial. It's report ends on the line "The Israeli army said an "inquiry is underway."" So that's alright then.

According to the Syndey Morning Herald the nationalities of the four vctims were Austrian, Chinese, Canadian and Finnish. Do we need further proof of Israel's pariah status?

UPDATE
: BBC Radio 4 has just started covering for Israel over its killing of 4 UN civilain officials in Lebanon. The first report I heard was to say that Israel had killed the workers. Now Radio 4 is leading on Israel's expression of "regret." You have to get up very early in the morning to catch Israel out in the propaganda stakes.

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