Reasons for Convoy Strike in Lebanon Remain Unclear

The reasons for an Israeli strike against a convoy in Lebanon that carried civilians fleeing their homes remain unclear. Israel says that although the UN requested permission for the convoy to pass, the IDF denied it, while UNIFIL says it was agreed to, according to an article by MSNBC.

Of the 3,000 civilians in the convoy, seven were killed and 36 wounded. Israel says it was concerned that the convoy was carrying arms to Hezbollah. The military later acknowledged that their concerns were baseless.

Israel maintains that the attacks on towns were acceptable because they warned civilians to leave, which apparently proves that anyone remaining must be a militant. Israel, however, says it denied the right to pass to the civilian convoy. First the civilians are told to go or be bombed, then they’re told they can’t go, then they’re bombed.

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