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French consul to sue Israel for destruction of Gaza home

Aug. 13, 2014 2:56 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2014 10:21 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- French consul in Gaza Majdi Shaqqura says he is planning to take legal action against Israel after his home was destroyed by Israeli bombardment during a month-long assault on the besieged territory.

"This wasn't the first time Israeli forces bombarded my house," Shaqqura told reporters Wednesday.

His children broke down in tears when they saw the destruction caused to their family home.

"All houses in Gaza have been targets for Israeli warplanes as part of a policy of collective punishment against all Gaza residents," Shaqqura said.

By targeting the house of a diplomat representing an EU country, "Israel is telling the whole world that it's superior to everybody and to international law," added Shaqqura.

The diplomat said he will file a complaint against Israel and is in consultations with human rights groups over the best legal procedures to guarantee success.

The two-story house was completely destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on July 17 in Beit Lahiya.

The consul and his family were not in the house at the time.

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