France warns Israel after diplomat wounded in strike on Gaza
France on Tuesday warned Israel not to endanger civilians after a raid on Gaza which wounded one of its diplomats and his daughter and caused his pregnant wife to miscarry.
French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said the head of France's Gaza consulate, Franco-Palestinian citizen Majdi Shakura, was hurt in an airstrike on the Palestinian territory on the night of Sunday to Monday.
The blast blew out the windows of his house, causing the diplomat and his 13-year-old daughter to be cut by flying glass and his 42-year-old wife Majida to lose a baby, two months into her pregnancy, Shakura said on Monday.
The strike had apparently targeted the home of an officer in the naval police operated by the Hamas militant group, which controls Gaza. Local emergency services said a 20-year-old Palestinian policeman was killed.
"France regrets this airstrike," Valero said. "While being committed to Israeli security, France notes the absolute necessity of avoiding all harm to civilians. The Israeli authorities have been reminded of this imperative."
The Israeli military said Tuesday that it was not aware of any diplomat being wounded in its action, and said it had launched the strike in response to rocket fire against Israeli civilians from the targeted site.
© 2011 AFP