Friday, July 28, 2006

'They just don't care' about UN force : 'They just don't care' about UN force: "The Israeli shelling that killed four United Nations peacekeepers, one of them Canadian, in south Lebanon was likely the result of recklessness rather than deliberate action, a former top member of the UNIFIL mission said yesterday.

Timur Goksel, a veteran peacekeeper who spent years acting as a liaison between the UNIFIL observer mission in south Lebanon and the Israeli army, said he was angered but unsurprised by the incident on Tuesday. He said it fit a long pattern of irresponsible behaviour by the Israelis that frequently put UN peacekeepers in the line of fire.

'The Israelis just don't care. I don't call it deliberate, that's just too harsh,' he said. 'This was totally unnecessary. There's no reason to drop this bomb on a UN base that's been there for 50 years.'"

Canadian victim had sent email discussing Hizballah activity near the outpost.

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