UN: IAF guided missile hit Lebanon post

Report concludes 500-kg missile killed four observers in July 25 attack.

September 29, 2006 21:14
UN UNIFIL observation post lebanon

UNIFIL 248 88. (photo credit: AP [file])

A special United Nations investigative committee has not been able to determine why the IDF was not able to prevent the targeting of a post in south Lebanon that killed four UN observers on July 25. The UN report on the incident, released Friday, concludes that the post, located near the Lebanese village of Al-Hiyam, was bombed by a missile armed with a 500-kg warhead that was guided "with precision." The committee said in its report that it could not determine why the IDF was not able to prevent the incident, because Israel refused to give its investigators access to the officials who may have been responsible for the bombing. It acknowledged, however, that the IDF had taken full responsibility and expressed its regret for the incident. The committee submitted a confidential report with its findings to the UN and to the four nations whose observers were killed - Austria, Canada, China and Finland. In a report it submitted two weeks ago to the UN committee, the IDF said the error was caused by faulty mapping. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan initially accused Israel of deliberately targeting the post.

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