RESPONSE TO UN SECRETARY-S REPORT ON KANA INCIDENT-09-May-96
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 RESPONSE TO UN SECRETARY-S REPORT ON KANA INCIDENT-09-May-96

5/9/1996

 
Jerusalem, 9 May 1996

RESPONSE TO UN SECRETARY'S REPORT ON KANA INCIDENT

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

1. Israel categorically rejects the findings of the UN report concerning the incident at Kana.

2. Israel profoundly regrets the loss of human life at Kana and has thoroughly investigated this tragic incident which was caused, first and foremost, by the firing of Katyusha rockets and mortars by Hizbullah from a location in close proximity to the UN position.

We reiterate that the IDF had no intention whatsoever of firing on the UN position at Kana. Our investigation has shown that the UN position was hit by artillery fire due to incorrect targeting based on erroneous data.

The IAF drone shown on videotape did not reach the area until after the UN position was hit and was not an operational component in the targeting of Israeli artillery fire in the area.

3. It is difficult to understand and highly regrettable that this report does not condemn Hizbullah for the cynical use of civilians as a shield for its gunmen, nor does it continue any condemnation of Hizbullah's use of areas contiguous or in close proximity to UN positions for launching attacks upon Israel.

4. This inaccurate and one sided report is misleading, runs contrary to the stated desire of the UN to play a more active role in the Middle East peace process and undermines its ability to do so.

Israel hopes that the understanding reached between the various sides will engender the calm and stability necessary to engage the parties concerned in peace negotiations which are the only way to promote peace and security between Israel and Lebanon.

 
 
 
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