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Four United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in an Israeli air strike on an observation post in southern Lebanon, the UN has said.

A bomb struck the post occupied by the peacekeepers of the Unifil force in the Khiam area, it said.

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The UN in Lebanon says the Israeli air force destroyed the observer post, in which four military observers were sheltering.

It 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.
Israeli Bomb Kills UN Observers (BBC News Online; Tuesday 25th July 2006)
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Israel has also been using cluster bombs and has been accused of using phosphorous bombs which are against international law in built up areas containiing civilians. Israel Urged To Shun Cluster Bombs (BBC News Online; Tuesday 25th July 2006)

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imagnocean
Jul. 26th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
and they'll get away with it too.
winterbadger
Jul. 26th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
The UN observers tried to get the IDF to stop shelling them. Talked to them nearly a dozen times. The IDF ignored them and kept shooting.

You really have to have a lot of balls to participate in a UN peacekeeping force. They deserve better than this for their sacrifice. :-(
wyldcard
Jul. 26th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'll probably be accused of being anti-semitic, but I have to say...

Fucking Israel.
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