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Sunday, July 16, 2006 

Israel allows UN peacekeepers to move civilians away from the border

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised that he'll allow UN peacekeepers to move some Lebanese villagers living near the border away from Israeli attacks.

Israel's Northern Command previously warned the UN to stay at least 5 miles away from the border. The UN called that demand "impossible to comply with, unacceptable".

The villagers will be moved today if there is a gap in Israeli bombardments. But it'll be difficult for them to go anywhere - all of the key roads, bridges and petrol stations in the south have been bombed, and there is no way out of the country.

And there's no guarantee they'll be safe in the hands of the UN. In 1996, Israel deliberately targeted a UN bomb shelter in southern Lebanon as hundreds of women and children took shelter.

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