Wednesday, July 26, 2006

WTF? Israel hits UN observers in Lebanon?

First of all, who at the AP put this headline:

Hezbollah guerrillas battle Israeli troops

over this content:

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah guerrillas exchanged heavy fire with Israeli troops attempting to capture a southern Lebanese town on Wednesday, causing several Israeli casualties. The fighting came a day after an Israeli airstrike killed at least three U.N. observers in a border outpost. In a phone call to U.N. Secretary GeneralKofi Annan, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed "deep regret" Wednesday over the deaths of the peacekeepers in the airstrike, which Annan had called "apparently deliberate."

Olmert said the peacekeepers were killed mistakenly and expressed dismay over Annan's accusation, according to a statement released by his office. The prime minister promised a thorough investigation and said the results would be presented to Annan.

Wouldn't something like "Israel kills 3 U.N. obervers in disputed incident" be more appropriate? (ABC news headlines the incident with "UN Peacekeepers killed in Israeli air strike") Apparently, when Marsh saw the story, the headline read: "Israel widens control of southern Lebanon", which is even stranger.

This reminds me of the time the US bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. The whole situation is completely FUBAR. (See this Billmon post.)

Update (also from Billmon):
Update 8:05 PM ET: Kofi: "This coordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked U.N. post at Khiam occurred despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that U.N. positions would be spared Israeli fire."
This is completely wack if true. It's also completely wack if Kofi is saying it but it's not true.

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