Israeli warplanes bombarded a U.N. post in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, killing four observers in a strike that Secretary-General Kofi Annan termed “apparently deliberate.”

The bombing capped a violent day that included the death of a 15-year-old Israeli girl from a Hezbollah rocket in a northern Galilee town, and renewed Israeli airstrikes in and around Beirut.

United Nations officials said their observation post near the village of Khiam took a direct hit late Tuesday in an Israeli airstrike. Four members of the mission were killed. Their names and nationalities were not immediately released.

Annan flew to Rome to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and diplomats from European and Middle Eastern nations about the Lebanon crisis. He said he was “shocked and deeply distressed” by what he said was the “apparently deliberate” targeting of the post by the Israeli army.


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