France commends diplomat injured in Gaza airstrike

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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe commended on Thursday the head of France's Gaza consulate, who was wounded, along with his family, in an Israeli air raid.

In a letter, Juppe praised 44-year-old Majdi Shakura, a Franco-Palestinian citizen, for his "exemplary devotion" and conveyed to his family his "sympathy and solidarity."

The letter was delivered by the French consul to Jerusalem during a humanitarian visit to the Gaza strip just days after Shakura was hurt in the late night air strike.

The blast blew out the windows of Shakura's home, 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.

The Israeli military said Tuesday it had launched the strike in response to rocket fire against Israeli civilians from the targeted site.

Shakura's home, in the Beit Lahiya neighborhood, is 200 metres (yards) away from a naval police base.

© 2011 AFP

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