Sources in Lebanon: Qana incident was staged by Hizballah

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The French language publication Libanoscopie, published in Lebanon, is quoting an unnamed Hizballah official confirming that the Qana bombing was a premeditated sham staged by the Hizballah.

The source says that the Hizballah intentionally housed disabled children in the building and placed a missile launcher on the roof to provoke the Israeli Air Force. In the attack scores of civilians were killed, many of them children.

The publication, identified with the “March 14 Forces” – an anti-Syrian Christian group – is quoting the source as saying that this act was made for the purpose of garnering international sympathy and derailing Lebanese Prime Minister Seniora’s seven-point plan, ending with the disarmament of Hizballah.

The publication is quoting the unnamed official as saying that the Hizballah chose Qana because of its significance: “They used Qana because the village had already turned into a symbol for massacring innocent civilians, and so they set up ‘Qana 2.’”

Kfar Qana was the focal point of another such incident where the 1996 “Grapes of Wrath” operation in Lebanon came to a halt after an Israeli bomb mistakenly hit the UN headquarters in Qana which housed civilian refugees.

The IDF’s investigation regarding the incident in Qana is still ongoing, and preliminary results indicate that there was a missile launch spotted in the vicinity of the house, and the Air Force’s mode of operation calls for hitting any object and building within a given radius of that launch.

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