Wednesday, August 04, 2010

When even the UN says Lebanon is wrong in the border incident, you know Lebanon must be really wrong.

Lebanon, Israel clash at border

Lebanese Army troops initiated an attack on Israeli Defense Forces soldiers by sniping and killing an Israeli colonel and critically wounding a captain over 300 meters inside Israel while Israelis worked on clearing a tree from the border fence area on the Israeli side of the border. The fighting then escalated but ow seems to have calmed down.

Amazingly, UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) is not blaming Israel for the incident:

Tuesday's clashes began after an Israeli soldier tried to remove a tree along the border, something the military has done in the past to improve its sightlines into Lebanon.

But both sides claimed the tree was in their territory. An Associated Press photo shows an Israeli standing on a crane reaching over the fence that Israel erected to separate the two countries. The fence, however, does not match the Blue Line in all places, and the Israeli military said in a statement that the tree was in Israeli territory.

"It was over the fence but still within Israeli territory," the military spokesman's office said. He said the tree cutting was coordinated with the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, UNIFIL.
Its an historic moment when the UN takes Israel's side over Lebanon so it certainly shows the Lebanese Army was way out of line on this one.

For some excellent coverage see Solomonia, including some photos where it certainly looks like the UN blue berets were acting as either willing or unwitting human shields for Lebanese troops firing at Israelis.

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