France summons Israeli envoy over Gaza raid

French consul, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza during IAF strike.

By REUTERS
November 16, 2011 18:17
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PM Netanyahu with French President Sarkozy [file]

PM Netanyahu with French President Nicolas Sarkozy 311. (photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershom / GPO)

PARIS - France's Foreign Ministry summoned Israel's ambassador on Wednesday over an air strike in Gaza that injured the French consul and his family on Sunday.

The French consul, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza during the strike on Sunday night.

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"This morning we reminded the Israeli ambassador how much we deplore the consequences of this raid for the head of our consulate and his family," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a regular online briefing.

"While we recognize Israel's need to ensure its security, he (the ambassador) was reminded about the importance of keeping civilians and the French presence in Gaza from being affected," he added.

The raid, which killed one policeman and wounded four others after Palestinian terrorists from the coastal territory fired a rocket into southern Israel, has added to strains in an already tense relationship between France and Israel.

Journalists overheard French President Nicolas Sarkozy describing Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "a liar" in a conversation with US President Barack Obama at a G20 summit in Cannes earlier this month.

In an apparent effort to clear the air, Sarkozy wrote to Netanyahu reaffirming friendship, despite what he referred to as their "differing views on the Middle East".


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