November 16, 2011
France summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza raid that injured consul
France’s Foreign Ministry summoned Israel’s ambassador over an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip that injured the French consul and his family.
The French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed that France’s consul to the Gaza Strip, Majdi Shakoura, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were wounded by flying glass, and that his wife suffered a miscarriage after Israel’s Air Force targeted a Hamas naval police base near their home early Monday morning in retaliation for a rocket fired from Gaza at southern Israel.
On Wednesday, Israel’s ambassador to France was summoned to a meeting at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris where French officials explained to him “how strongly we deplore the consequences of the raid,” ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
France’s ambassador inTel Aviv also complained to Israeli authorities.
“France condemns the consequences of the raid,” Valerotold reporters on Tuesday. “While remaining committed to Israel’s security, France had reminded Israel of the need to avoid all harm against civilians.”
One Hamas member was killed and four were wounded in the attack.
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket attack that preceded the Air Force strike.