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France summons Israel ambassador over diplomat injured in Gaza

Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

France summoned Israel’s ambassador to Paris Wednesday to protest after an Israeli air strike wounded a French diplomat in Gaza along with his wife and daughter.


France’s ambassador in Tel Aviv earlier complained to Israeli authorities over the bombing, in which Majdi Shakura, the head of France’s Gaza consulate, was hurt on the night of Sunday to Monday.

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Shakura said that his wife, who was two months pregnant, suffered a miscarriage and that he and his daughter suffered cuts from flying glass when the windows of their house blew in.

Israeli forces said the raid, which hit a police post 200 metres from Shakura's house in Beit Lahya, was a response to a rocket strike launched from the area.

A 20-year-old police officer was killed in the bombing and six other people were injured, according to Palestinian medical sources.

"He was reminded that, while we recognise the need of Israel to protect its security, it is important to prevent any harm coming to civilians or the French presence in Gaza," said ministry spokesperson Bernard Valero.

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