Wednesday, 16 November 2011

France summons Israeli ambassador to complain about airstrike that wounded consul

France has summoned the Israeli ambassador to Paris to a meeting at the foreign ministry after an air strike wounded the French consul in Gaza, along with his wife and daughter.

A spokesman for the ministry said on Wednesday that France's ambassador in Tel Aviv had complained to Israeli authorities over the bombing, and that Israel's envoy had been required to meet with senior officials in Paris.

The consul, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were injured during an Israeli air strike on Sunday night, Bernard Valero, the French foreign ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday.

Valero told reporters that the three were were hit by shrapnel at their residence in Gaza, which is located 200 metres from the site of an Israeli missile attack.

"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 adde.

Though Valero did not comment on the nature of their injuries, French media reported that Majda Shaqqoura, the consul's wife, suffered a haemorrhage and miscarried. more

Video: Interview, followed by arrest of Palestinian Freedom Rider Fadi Quran

A brief interview, followed by the arrest of Palestinian Freedom Rider Fadi Quran, taken from the livestream of the November 15 protest. Quran was one of seven Palestinian Freedom Riders who were violently arrested while attempting to ride on segregated Israeli public transportation transporting settlers from inside the West Bank to occupied East Jerusalem in an act of civil disobedience inspired by the Freedom Riders of the U.S. civil rights movement.

Two injured in airstrike as Israel threatens new Gaza invasion

Israeli defence forces chief Benny Gantz has threaten a new invasion of Gaza if rocket fire continues. He said: "recent rounds of escalated violence and the injury of both lives and the daily routine of citizens of Israel's south are leading to a reality in which the IDF will have to take significant, aggressive action in the Gaza Strip."
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes injured two people in Gaza City early Wednesday, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israeli F16 jets fired at least one missile in the Tuffah neighborhood, lightly injuring one woman who was taken to Shifa Hospital. Several homes were also damaged in the strike, a Ma'an correspondent reported.

Meanwhile an Israel warplane struck a group of militants west of Gaza City. Medics said one man suffered light wounds in the attack. more