The Unifil commander, Major General Alain Pellegrini, 59, who has served in international missions in Bosnia and Sarajevo, made several calls to a liaison team within the Israeli military, known as the foreign affairs unit, to say the strikes were dangerously close to his troops.Meanwhile, China which lost one of its citizens in the bombing has called the UN to condemn Israel for attacking the UN post. From China Daily:
An Irish army officer in the area also warned the Israeli military six times that their attacks were putting UN observers at risk, Ireland's foreign ministry said yesterday. "On six separate occasions he was in contact with the Israelis to warn them that their bombardment was endangering the lives of UN staff in south Lebanon," a department of foreign affairs spokesman said. "He warned, 'You have to address this problem or lives may be lost.'"
But at 6.30pm four artillery shells landed inside the UN position at Khiyam. "It caused extensive material damage to the building," Mr Strugar said. An hour later, two bombs landed at the site. One fell within the UN position, the other hit the building, killing the four observers. "It completely destroyed the position," Mr Strugar said.
"For China and for others," China's UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said, "we condemn this because I think any attack on the United Nations positions and the United Nations personnel is inexcusable and unacceptable."So the question still remains. Did Israel intentionally bomb the UN post? Investigations are under way but one person thinks he knows the answer. Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister says that rouge elements within the Israel military are behind the attack. From News.com.au:
Also on Wednesday, Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed "deep condolences" over the death of Chinese UN observer Lieutenant-Colonel Du Zhaoyu and expressed utmost sympathy to his family.
The president instructed officials to condemn the attack, said a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
Hu "demanded the departments concerned properly handle the aftermath of the incident and take every measure necessary to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in Lebanon," it said.
Mr Fischer, who gained combat experience while serving with the Australian Army in the Vietnam War, said Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon were to blame for the increasingly bloody cross border conflict.
He said the Israeli response to Hizbollah left Israel open to criticism.
"I blame both sides. The Katushya rockets (fired by Hezbollah), their first salvo in Nazareth killed two Arab Israelis," Mr Fischer told ABC radio.
"Clearly there are rogue elements on both sides of the border. There is a rogue element in the Israeli military machine and it's about time the world called a spade a spade and recognised that that element has been there for several years and continues.