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August 14, 2010

Hezbollah Using Mentally Handicapped Children as Human Shields?

From AP:

In an interview with The Associated Press on Mount Adir, a hill overlooking the border, an officer from the military's Northern Command pointed through the summer haze at the village of Aita al-Shaab.

One of its southernmost buildings, a white structure housing mentally handicapped children, is a Hezbollah lookout post, the officer said. Several guerrilla command posts are in civilian buildings in the center of Aita al-Shaab, she said, with several dozen fighters able to move among houses through underground tunnels.

The article points out that UNIFIL denies seeing proof of "new military infrastructure" in the area, but that wording hardly amounts to a denial that Hezbollah is using old civilian infrastructure for military purposes, as it has done before.

Indeed, the story notes that the international peacekeeping force has acknowledged such use of civilian infrastructure. "When a building at Khirbet Silim exploded on July 15, 2009, peacekeepers identified it as an actively maintained Hezbollah arms warehouse," AP explained.

Posted by GI at August 14, 2010 03:19 PM


I hope this isn't true. UNIFL, perhaps, needs a different makeup...perhaps more Americans.

Posted by: Major Medical at August 14, 2010 07:43 PM

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