IDF strike on Gaza wounds French consul and family
France condemns 'consequences' of army raid on Sunday, urges Israeli security forces to be mindful of civilian harm.
France's consul to the Gaza Strip, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were wounded during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
Majdi Shakoura, 44, told the AFP on Monday that he and his daughter suffered cuts from glass and that his wife had sustained a miscarriage when the aircraft targeted a nearby Hamas base.
Valero told reporters the three were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza, whichwas located 200 meters from the site of an Israeli missile attack, he added.
"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 raid, which killed one policeman and wounded four others after Palestinian militants from the coastal territory fired a rocket into southern Israel, is likely to strain already difficult relations between Paris and Jerusalem.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm friendship despite what he refers to as their "differing views on the Middle East".
Sarkozy's comments, in a condolence message to Netanyahu for the death of his father-in-law, seemed to make an effort to try to clear the air a week after a reported gaffe this month at the G20 summit in Cannes, when he was overheard telling U.S. President Barack Obama he thought Netanyahu was "a liar".