Why did Israel bomb the UN base?

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Why did Israel bomb the UN base?

This is such a strange situation. Why would Israel deliberatly create such bad press for themselves?

Yet how can it be an accident, as the base had been there for over 15 years.

Maybe it was a data entry error that entered the wrong coordinates for the shelling, or maybe communication breakdowns in the military didn't get the information to them to stop in time.

However I read that the final attack were rockets from a plane.

The only conlcusion to draw if it was deliberate was that there was something happening in the base, or that the base attack served another purpose in behind the scenes politics.

This article for example give one potential explantation.


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The inadvertent Israeli air strike revealed the fact that the UN force in Lebanon includes Chinese observers. One was killed along with an Austrian, a Canadian and a Finn. The presence of Chinese observers keeping an eye on the combat in South Lebanon has never before been reported.

Our intelligence experts compare the incident to the inadvertent US bombardment which destroyed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1998, killing a number of Chinese “diplomats.”

It was discovered that from that building the Chinese had operated sophisticated surveillance to track the performance of American warplanes, missiles and smart bombs.
By netchicken: posted on 27-7-2006

It is under investigation, so we have to wait a bit.

Reading the actual UN.ORG UNIFIL-press release, this part is very interesting:

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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.

From July 21, 2006 UNIFIL Report:

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Control of the Blue Line and its vicinity appears to have remained for the most part with Hizbollah.

During the reporting period, Hizbollah maintained and reinforced a visible presence in the area, with permanent observation posts, -temporary checkpoints and patrols.

It continued to carry out intensive construction works to strengthen and expand some of its fixed positions, install additional technical equipment, such as cameras, establish new positions close to the Blue Line and build new access roads.

These measures resulted in a more strategically laid out and fortified structure of Hizbollah's deployment along the Blue Line.

Some Hizbollah positions remained in close proximity to United Nations positions, especially in the Hula area, posing a significant security risk to United Nations personnel and equipment, as demonstrated during the heavy exchanges of fire on 28 May.


LA Times, 20.July 2006:

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Hezbollah has been blamed for placing its fighters and weapons in densely populated civilian neighborhoods, and near United Nations facilities.

Hezbollah guerrillas were setting up rocket launchers near U.N. positions, spokesman Milos Strugar said.


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Jed Babbin explains: "The U.N.'s years-long record on the Israel-Lebanon border makes mockery of the term "peacekeeping."

On page 155 of my book, "Inside the Asylum," is a picture of a U.N. outpost on that border.

The U.N. flag and the Hezbollah flag fly side by side.

Observers told me the U.N. and Hezbollah personnel share water and telephones, and that the U.N. presence serves as a shield against Israeli strikes against the terrorists."

Reuters reports on Jul 19, 2006:

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An Israeli commander at the Lebanese border recalls peering through binoculars one afternoon to see U.N. peacekeepers sipping tea with Hizbollah guerrillas...

By Riwka: posted on 27-7-2006

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Canadian PM does not believe UN post deliberately targeted by IDF

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday he doubts Israel's deadly attack on a UN observation post in Lebanon, which killed a Canadian observer, was deliberate.

Harper, speaking to reporters in eastern New Brunswick, said the Canadian military would consult with the United Nations and Israeli government to determine what happened.

And Harper also asks the RIGHT question:

even though it was in the middle of an obvious war zone, the post was still manned by UN observers


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"We want to find out why this United Nations post was attacked and also why it remained manned during what is now, more or less, a war during obvious danger to these individuals," Harper said
By Riwka: posted on 27-7-2006

Retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie was interviewed on CBC radio, and had some very interesting news about the UN observer post hit by Israeli shells:

The Canadian peacekeeper killed there had previously emailed Mackenzie, telling him that Hizballah was using their post as cover.
By Riwka: posted on 27-7-2006

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