Except for the US running interference the UN has been trying to condemn Israel left and right for its attacks on Lebanon. Today, in a bitter dose of irony, Israel responded to the criticism by showing the UN some much needed love…
Israeli bomb kills UN observers
Four United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in an Israeli air strike on an observation post in south Lebanon. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was “shocked” at the “apparently deliberate targeting” of the post. Israel has expressed “deep regret”.
The UN in Lebanon says the Israeli air force destroyed the observer post, in which four military observers were sheltering.
…It (UN) said the four, from Austria, Canada, China and Finland, had taken shelter in a bunker under the post after it was earlier shelled 14 times by Israeli artillery. A rescue team was also shelled as it tried to clear the rubble.
“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defence Forces of a UN Observer post in southern Lebanon,” Mr Annan said in a statement from Rome.
Unifil has been operational in the border area since 1978 and is currently 2,000 strong. [source]
Shocked! Shocked I say! To discover there’s gambling going on in this establishment!
The bombs came wrapped in red bows and messages scrawled on the side, reading: “Say Hello To Resolution 242!”