Thursday, July 27, 2006

So, why was the UN post manned?

MIddle East: PM Harper of Canada asks the logical question considering there is a bit of a war going on and Hezbollah uses those UN positions to fire at Israel. Did it shock anyone that there were 2000 peacekeepers in the area? What did they do, just sit around watching Hezbollah dig tunnels and move weapons around? I thought they were there in recent years to help disarm Hezbollah? Interesting piece from the UN itself and once again Kofi bears responsibility for this.

Prior to this incident, very intensive aerial bombardment and shelling from the Israeli side was reported in the area of Khiyam, and there were 14 prior incidents of firing close to this position by aerial bombs and artillery shells. At 18:30, four artillery shells fired from the Israeli side directly impacted inside the position, causing extensive damage on the building and the shelter. UNIFIL Force Commander was in repeated contact with Israeli Army officers throughout the afternoon, pressing the need to protect that particular UN position from firing. Another UN position of the Ghanaian battalion in the area of Marwahin in the western sector was also directly hit by one mortar round from the Hezbollah side last night. The round did not explode, and there were no casualties or material damage. Another 5 incidents of firing close to UN positions from the Israeli side were reported yesterday. It was also reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Alma ash Shab, Tibnin, Brashit, and At Tiri. All UNIFIL positions remain occupied and maintained by the troops.

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