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[BRIEF NOTE] The score, so far

Israel 9, Hezbollah 0. From The Globe and Mail:

Defence officials were still awaiting confirmation Thursday that a Canadian peacekeeper classified as missing and presumed dead was killed in fatal bombing of a UN observation post in Lebanon.

A spokeswoman for National Defence in Ottawa said there had been no further word on Major Paeta Derek Hess-von Kruedener early Thursday.

Major Hess-von Kruedener, who was serving with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, is believed to be one of four UN peacekeepers killed when a bomb hit their post in the town of Khiyam, near the eastern end of Lebanon’s border with Israel.

Ottawa has only said that Major Hess-von Kruedener is considered missing and presumed dead. Officials would not say Thursday how long it would take to conclude the investigation.

The incident — which also claimed the lives of UN observers from Finland, China and Austria — sparked rage around the globe, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying he wants explanations from both the UN and the Israeli government about the circumstances surrounding the “terrible tragedy.”

Mr. Harper, who spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday afternoon, has offered no condemnation of that government but has questioned why the UN post was still being manned despite the dangerous circumstances.

The Israeli Prime Minister has offered his country’s “regret” over what was called the “unintentional killing” of the UN observers.

Liberal Leader Bill Graham criticized Mr. Harper’s reaction as “completely unacceptable” arguing that Canada has been part of UN missions for decades.

The question of the degree of responsibility Israel bears for this is seems to be centered on the question of whether or not Hezbollah was, in fact, operating rocket launchers near the now-demolished UN base.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 27, 2006 at 3:57 pm

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