French consul injured after IAF strike on Gaza

Foreign Ministry in Paris says its envoy to the Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel in strike two days ago.

November 15, 2011 15:39
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France's consul to the Gaza Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were injured during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said on Tuesday.

Valero told reporters the three were were hit by shrapnel at their Gaza residence , which is located 200 meters from the site of the IAF missile attack.

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"France condemns the consequences of the raid," he said. "While we are all for Israeli security, France recalls the utmost necessity to avoid civilian harm," Valero said, without specifying the nature of their injuries.

The IDF was looking into reports.

The air strikes killed one Palestinian and wounded four others after terrorists from the coastal territory fired a rocket into southern Israel.

Relations between Paris and Jerusalem have been rocky in the past week after French President Nicolas Sarkozy was overhead calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "a liar."

Following the incident, Sarkozy wrote to Netanyahu to reaffirm friendship despite what he refers to as their "differing views on the Middle East," Israeli officials said on Monday.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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