U.N. Post Hit in Israel-Hezbollah Fighting
A United Nations observation post on the Lebanon border was hit, either by IDF artillery or Hezbollah rockets.
A U.N.-run observation post near the border was struck during fighting between
Israel and Hezbollah militants on Friday, while Israel pushed ahead with airstrikes on Lebanon and warned people in the south to flee as it prepared for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone. The Israeli army said Hezbollah rockets hit the U.N. post near Zarit, just inside Israel, but a U.N. officer said it was an artillery shell fired by the Israeli Defense Force. The facility was severely damaged, but nobody was injured as the Ghanian troops manning the post were inside bomb shelters at the time of the strike, the U.N. official said.
Fortunately, no one was injured. Such mishaps are, unfortunately, inevitable in war. There were many mishaps, for example, in the Kosovo campaign, including the shelling of the Chinese Embassy and rockets going off course and hitting Bulgaria.
I’m rather bemused that YahooNews chose the photo above to illustrate the story, both on the main page and on the story page itself. It gives those who simply scan the page the impression that injuries occured as a result of this when, in fact, they did not. The caption indicates that it is unrelated to the story:
Ahmad Ali lies in a bed, with his legs amputated, as his wife reacts next to him, at a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 21, 2006, after Israeli warplanes targeted the southern village of Blida a few days ago, injuring all four of his children. Warplanes resumed strikes on targets across Lebanon on Friday as Israel warned hundreds of thousands of people to flee the south ‘immediately,’ preparing for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone in southern Lebanon. (AP Photo)
Why are they using a file photo of an Arab amputee from days ago for a story about Ghanian troops who were not injured?