A sort-lived truce between Israel and Lebanese leftists broke down on Saturday (25 August) when Palestinians renewed their attacks on Christian villages in south Lebanon.
CU General Emanuel Erskine UNIFIL commander speaking in English outside Government House UN Headquarters, Jerusalem.
GV & CU Rocket damage to buildings in Kiryat Shmona. (5 SHOTS)
ERSKINE:"The week just past, has been one of the very worst weeks we have had. It has been a week when we have had escalation to the maximum, of hostile activities in the area. Activities started on and off and continued on and off by both sides, both the DFF (possibly Falangists) and armed elements, armed elements including the Lebanese National Movement grips, resulting Thursday of the ambushing and the killing of three Fijian soldiers. Of course, this is not acceptable. The soldiers were ambushed at one or two kilometres from El Bazouriye. They didn't have an opportunity to defend themselves, and such killing is not acceptable in any peacekeeping mission. It is deplored by the UN and it must be severely condemned by all peace-loving nations."
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Background: A sort-lived truce between Israel and Lebanese leftists broke down on Saturday (25 August) when Palestinians renewed their attacks on Christian villages in south Lebanon. One of the week's most serious incidents was the ambushing near Tyre on Friday (24 August) of a group of Fijian soldier serving with the United Nations Forces (UNIFIL). Three were killed and two others wounded. General Emanuel Erskine, commanding officer of UNIFIL commenting on the attack called it "sheer cold blooded murder".
However the warning from the UN went unheeded. Palestinians shelled the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona on Sunday (26 August). One shell scored a direct hit on a residential building, destroying the top floor.
...The flats were empty at the time, and two people were slightly injured.