They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Israel bombing breaks humanitarian law - UN


"I did not know"

Israeli bombing of a Beirut neighbourhood where Hizbollah had its headquarters has breached humanitarian law, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday.

"It is horrific. I did not know it was block after block of houses," Jan Egeland, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator, told reporters as he toured the shattered Haret Hreik district. "It makes it a violation of humanitarian law."

"It's bigger, it's more extensive than I even could imagine," he said, surveying a pile of rubble.

Israeli warplanes have pounded the area nearly every night since its war with Hizbollah began on July 12.

It was last hit early on Sunday, said the few residents not to have fled the usually packed area.

Egeland said between half a million and a million people were in need of international assistance in Lebanon, but delivering aid required safe access. "So far Israel is not giving us access," he said. Read more

db: "I did not know" - oh dear. No internet connections at the UN? Been watching Fox "News" have we? Head in the sand? Fear of USA?