Israel Kills French Diplomat in Gaza – And France is Furious

French MP Catherine Colonna with her Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen at a press conference in Tel Aviv. (Photo: via Colonna TW Page)

France’s Foreign Ministry has condemned an Israeli airstrike in Gaza that led to the death of one of its diplomatic staff in Rafah, Russia Today reported on Sunday.

The man, whose name has not been revealed, was taking shelter at a colleague’s house when the building came under attack on Wednesday.

Following her arrival on an official visit to Israel on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna called for an “immediate and durable” truce. 

The diplomat also expressed concern over the rising civilian death toll in Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Palestinian enclave.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said that “one of its agents” had “died as a result of his injuries.” The Israeli airstrike on Wednesday left approximately ten more people dead, French officials added.

“France condemns this bombing of a residential building which caused the death of many other civilians,” the document read. Paris also urged the Israeli authorities to shed light on the circumstances of the attack as soon as possible.

Speaking during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen on Sunday in Tel Aviv, Colonna lamented the fact that “too many civilians are being killed” in Gaza at the hands of the Israeli military.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 18,800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 51,000 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the French Foreign Ministry issued a joint statement with Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK that raised the alarm over a recent uptick in the number of violent “attacks by extremist settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.” 

The document emphasized the illegal nature of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, adding that radical elements “are terrorizing Palestinian communities” there.

(RT, PC)

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