29/11/2012

French representative target of bombardment

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40 years ago, on October 11th, 1972, the French representative office in Hanoi became a target of an US Air-Force bombardment.  Pierre Susine, the chief of the French Representative Office in Vietnam, was buried in rubble with only his head protruding.   His Egyptian wife and four Vietnamese staff working in the French representative office died instantly. The event came as a surprise to both French people and the rest of the world. 

US President Nixon sent his deep condolence to French President Pompidou on the same day. However, at a press conference, representative from US State Department brazenly declared that the bombing 'might be the ground-to-air missiles of Northern Vietnam'.

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On May 7, 1999, NATO fired 3 missiles from different angles to attack the Embassy of China in Yugoslavia, which killed 3 Chinese journalists and injured more than 20. The building of the embassy was seriously damaged. U.S. officials and NATO said the attack on the Chinese Embassy was "a mistake" based on "faulty information".

On Nov. 18, 2012, the Russian TV office was destroyed in an Israeli attack on Gaza.
Earlier attacks heavily damaged two buildings that housed Sky News, Italian RAI, German ARD and Kuwait TV, as well as the Hamas TV station Al Aqsa. Some of the injured were from Ma'an news agency, and a cameraman for al-Quds TV had to have his leg amputated. RT's office in Gaza was affected too. The attack came after the office of Iran's English-language Press TV channel in Gaza was hit twice in the Israeli aerial assaults.
The buildings were heavily damaged.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) explained that they are targeting Hamas militants, 'and the journalists who are not journalists who spread propaganda for Hamas'.