Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The Situation Online: Peacekeeper's urgent email


U.N. troops Wednesday carry the body of a U.N. observer killed in an airstrike in Khiyam, Lebanon.

UPDATE: Canada's Prime Minister has confirmed, in a statement posted online, that the Canadian UN observer missing and presumed dead is indeed Major Praeta Hess-von Kruedener.

U.N. Observer's observations
As Israel launches a full investigation into last night's air strike that killed four U.N. peacekeepers in South Lebanon, an email from a Canadian observer stationed at that very same U.N. outpost has surfaced online. The email is posted at Canada's CTV.ca.

In the email, the peacekeeper - Major Praeta Hess-von Kruedener - writes an urgent, first-hand account of life in the crossfire between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces. He says that his position at Khiyam was under daily fire and that it was not safe for his group to "conduct normal patrol activities."

Muslims on Hezbollah
The Internet is playing an unprecedented role in how we understand the Middle East crisis. While Hezbollah militants and Israelis battle it out on the ground, Muslims fight amongst themselves online over how they view Hezbollah's actions. What are Sunnis and Shiites saying about one another? We examine a number of Web sites with translations and additional reporting from our CNN Bureau in Dubai, which continues to monitor these sites as well as posting stories at our Arabic counterpart.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM, ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
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