August 8, 2006

Aid Cannot Get To Those In Need In Lebanon

IDF warns UN troops will be attacked if they repair bridges

Israel also threatened to attack UN peacekeepers if they attempted to repair bomb-damaged bridges in southern Lebanon. UN officials contacted the Israeli army to inform them that a team of Chinese military engineers attached to the UN force in Lebanon intended to repair the bridge on the Beirut to Tyre road to enable the transport of humanitarian supplies.

According to the UN, Israeli officials said the engineers would become a target if they attempted to repair the bridge.

Senior UN officials reacted angrily to the destruction of a temporary causeway over the Litani river overnight. “We must be able to have movement throughout the country to deliver supplies. At this point we can’t do that,” said David Shearer, the humanitarian coordinator for Lebanon. “The deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure is a violation of international law.”

We had relatives in Tyre at one time. Where are they now? I don’t know.

Not allowing aid in is a collective punishment of the Lebanese people, not a war on terror.

Posted by James at August 8, 2006 3:11 PM
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