What Kofi Anan didn’t tell us
UNIFIL has confirmed that Hizbollah fires regularly on UN posts and draws
Israeli fire by firing their missies at Israel from the vicinity of UN positions.
On July 26, the
daily UNIFIL press release[i] reported the Israeli bomb that had destroyed a UN post the day before, leading to UN Secretary General Anan’s
infamous accusation that Israel deliberately attacked the site.
What the secretary general did not consider worth mentioning was the highly relevant information that attacks on UN
posts by Hezbollah have been occurring almost daily and that Hezbollah have been drawing Israeli fire by lobbing their rockets
at Israel from the vicinity of UN positions. The same UNIFIL press release reported that another UN position in the western
sector was directly hit by Hizbollah mortar fire the same evening and that Hezbollah fired at Israel from the vicinity of
four UN positions at Alma ash Shab, Tibnin, Brashit, and At Tiri.
On July 24, UNIFIL
reported that one unarmed UN member of Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), was seriously
wounded by small arms the previous afternoon originating, from preliminary reports, from the Hezbollah side. The UN evacuated
him to the Israeli side, from where he was taken by IDF helicopter to a hospital in Haifa. He was operated on, and his condition
was reported as stable. Of course there was
not a word of thanks from the secretary general.
The July 25 UNIFIL
report stated “This morning, Hezbollah opened small arms fire at a UNIFIL convoy consisting of two APC’s on the road between Kunin and Bint Jubayl.”
On July 27 It
was also reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Marwahin, Alma Ash Shab, Brashit, and At
On July 28, UNIFIL
reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of five UN positions at Alma Ash Shab, At Tiri, Bayt Yahoun, Brashit, and
UNIFIL also reported
that since the outbreak of hostilities, four military observers from the OGL and one UNIFIL international staff member and
his wife had been killed. In addition four Ghanaian soldiers, one Indian soldier, and one OGL military observer had been wounded. The report did not indicate the source of the fire.
of UNIFIL reports shows clearly that the recent kidnapping of two IDF soldiers was not the principal cause of the present
conflagration. Rather it results from Hezbollah’s consistent and continuous attacks on Israel, mainly with rocket fire
aimed at civilian populations, ever since Israel left Lebanon in 2000. (See Bakground)