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French consul to sue Israel for destruction of Gaza home
Published Wednesday 13/08/2014 (updated) 14/08/2014 10:21
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A Palestinian man collects belongings as he inspects a house after
it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike early on July 16, 2014, in
Gaza City. (AFP/Mohamed Abed)
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.

The son of Gaza's French consul bursts into tears upon seeing the damage
caused to the family home by an Israeli airstrike (MaanImages)

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1 ) Mel / USA
13/08/2014 16:01
ANYONE IN GAZA, with dual-citizenship,can sue Israel & its USG,EU,UK PATRONS etc, for destruction/war crimes on FOREIGN NATIONALS & WAR CRIMES against their families,properties,govts,consuls,embassies?
As much as Palestinians with sole nationality can file CITIZENS charges/law-suit against occupying Israel(USG,EU,UKG etc)for 67yrs of mass murder,PROPERTY LOSSES & cruel,indecent,degrading,unusual COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT/TORTURE! Israel still survives on RIGHTFUL RECOMPENSE,BRIBERY&CORRUPTION!

2 ) Arnold / Canada
13/08/2014 21:33
There is proof the consul had weapons in his home.

3 ) Terry / Sweden
14/08/2014 00:00
2? Arnold/Canada states that there is proof that the consul had weapons in his home. It is almost as you believe your own inane lies. How much do you feel you need to lie for your favorite terrorist state Israel? Do you really think that your argument (lie) is convincing? Back that up with a legitimate source if you ever are going to try lying again.

4 ) Richard Kilgour / UK
14/08/2014 16:06
"Arnold" tells us there's proof but doesn't give it, which in itself shows that he's a fake, quite probably a Ziobot using one of his twenty or so identities, so probably just doing his master's (IDF) bidding. I'm glad to see they're so desperate as it shows that the wheels are coming off their vile machinery. Deliver your proof and prove me wrong "Arnold".

5 ) Paulo Costa / uk
14/08/2014 18:47
I understand that every Israeli owns a weapon for self protection. Should their homes be destryed?

6 ) Mandyz Titz / Austria
15/08/2014 12:05
@5 So far in life, you clearly understand very little.

7 ) Brian / UK
15/08/2014 22:20
I hope he is successful, though somehow i doubt he will be. Israel will wriggle out of it somehow, saying they are "very sorry", that they hit the wrong house or something. They certainly won't admit that they have a policy of destroying the homes of ANY Palestinian, whether there is a reason or not.

8 ) A. Banu / England
15/08/2014 23:09
Israel shoud be sued for the damages it has done.

9 ) Barry / Canada
18/08/2014 06:14
Regarding Arnold, the rest of you don't seem to understand the concept of satire use in the English language, so get your panties untwisted.
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