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Home of French consul in Gaza 'destroyed'

July 17, 2014 10:04 P.M. (Updated: July 18, 2014 5:08 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on Thursday caused extensive damage to the house of French consul Majdi Shaqoura in the al-Sudaniya area of northwestern Gaza.

The consul told Ma’an that his family departed the house after several warnings and threats by the Israeli army against the people in the al-Atatra and al-Sudaniya neighborhoods.

Shaqoura, who returned from a medical trip two days ago, said the family tried to return to check on their home during a 6-hour UN-sponsored humanitarian truce, but were shocked to see the destruction inflicted on the two-story home.

He said Israel was responsible for targeting the home and “brutally” destroying it, in contradiction of humanitarian laws and values.

The official added that Israel was aware that the house belonged to diplomatic personnel, but nevertheless targeted as “part of its collective punishment policy against the residents of Gaza.”

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was looking into the report.
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