Thursday, July 27, 2006

Irish FM says Israel fired at UN soldiers moving UN soldier's bodies

Irish army officer - ‘I told Israel about UN base fears’

The most senior Irish army officer in Lebanon warned Israel six times on Tuesday that its bombs were landing close to a United Nations base.

Israeli authorities ignored the warnings and later struck the southern Lebanon UN base, killing four observers.

Lieutenant Colonel John Molloy phoned the Israeli Defence Forces six times on Tuesday.

In a widely welcomed move, foreign minister Dermot Ahern summoned Israeli ambassador Daniel Megiddo to a meeting yesterday.

Mr Ahern said it was extremely disquieting that Israelis had fired on Egyptian UN soldiers as the UN personnel tried to retrieve their colleagues’ bodies.

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