Sunday, July 30, 2006

Qana deaths

At least 40 people, the majority women and children, have died in the southern Lebanese village of Qana in the largest single attack in the 19-day Israeli offensive against Hizbollah.

More than 20 children were killed in the attack, which an Israeli army spokesmen said was aimed at destroying Hizbollah rocket launching sites.

Following the attack, Lebanese protesters stormed the United Nations headquarters in Beirut today, smashing windows and ransacking offices.

Read this Telegraph report here

The IDF Spokesman has released the following statement:

Jerusalem, 30 July 2006

Incident in Qana
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

This morning, July 3m 2006, the IAF attacked missile launch sites in the area of the village of Qana, an area from which hundreds of missiles were launched towards the city of Nahariya and the communities in the western Galilee.

The IDF will defend the citizens of Israel from attacks by the Hizbullah and the responsibility for any civilian casualties rests with the Hizbullah who have turned the suburbs of Lebanon into a war front by firing missiles from within civilian areas.

Residents in this region and specifically the residents of Qana were warned several days in advance to leave the village. Eighteen Israeli civilians have been killed and over 400 have been wounded by these rocket attacks which have disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of Israeli citizens.

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