French Government Condemns Israeli Airstrike, Demands Investigation

In a recent development that has sparked international concern, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has expressed its condemnation of an Israeli airstrike on a residential building in Rafah, Gaza. The attack, which occurred in an area previously declared a safe zone, resulted in the death of a French government employee and several other civilians.

The French government has called for a thorough investigation by Israeli authorities into the circumstances surrounding the bombing. The residential building was struck on Wednesday evening, leading to the death of the French employee who had been serving in Gaza since 2002, along with ten other individuals who had sought shelter in the building.

The French Ministry’s statement comes amidst escalating external pressure on Israel due to its indiscriminate bombing raids in Gaza. Reports suggest that civilians constitute more than 80 percent of the nearly 19,000 Palestinians killed.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, currently in Israel, has urged for an immediate and lasting ceasefire in the Gaza conflict. Expressing deep concern over the situation in the war-torn Palestinian territory, Colonna emphasized, “Too many civilians are being killed.”

During her meeting with Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen in Tel Aviv, Colonna also condemned the October 7 attack by Hamas. She plans to meet with the families of Israeli captives held in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas attack resulted in the death of at least 1,140 people, mostly civilians, and the capture of 240 individuals. A truce deal last month saw the release of dozens of captives in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.

Colonna is also scheduled to meet with her Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki in the occupied West Bank. Prior to her arrival in Israel, she criticized the increasing attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, calling for the punishment of settlers committing crimes against Palestinians. The West Bank’s Ministry of Health reports that more than 290 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October 7.

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