United Nations troops salute the coffins of Hezbollah militants during a prisoner exchange in Tyre, Lebanon. Israeli officials called for their removal following the gesture.
Israel is calling for removal of two United Nations soldiers from Lebanon after photographs surfaced of the soldiers saluting the coffins of Hezbollah terrorists during a prisoner exchange Wednesday.
Associated Press photographer Mohammed Zaatari captured an image of the troops paying homage to fallen Hezbollah fighters as trucks bearing their coffins drove through the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon.
The blue-helmet U.N. troops, who operate under the auspices of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), are meant disarm Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and be an impartial buffer along the country’s border with Israel.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, said he was “shocked and horrified” by the photograph and that it was time for the saluting soldiers to go.
“I think they should be recalled and be sent back to whichever country they came from,” said Gillerman. “I think they’ve definitely compromised their impartiality and have in a very big way, in a very serious way, compromised the integrity of the United Nations.”
But a UNIFIL spokeswoman said the salute was nothing out of the ordinary.
The UN has been aiding and abetting the Islamic jihad for years. UN flashback - remember this?
The UN has been aiding and abetting the Islamic jihad for years. UN flashback - remember this?UN and hezbo flags in Lebanon ..... (July 2006). And Obama wants to increase funding and make the UN a "more perfect" institution.