The disturbingly graphic photographs tell only half the story: What many found more horrifying was that these civilian victims of an Israeli attack had earlier been refused shelter at a UN base. But would they really have been â€œsaferâ€ there or just luckier?
In what Kofi Annan today described as “apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces” of a well-known, UN observer post in Southern Lebanon, four UN peacekeepers died. Whether or not this attack was an â€œaccidentâ€ will apparently be left up to the Israelis to investigate, but the bombing recalls another incident in Israeli-Lebanese relations. A little over ten years ago, the IDF shelled a UN base at Qana, Lebanon, where 800 refugees had sought shelter. More than 100 died. Despite witness accounts to the contrary, Israel called that an accident as well.