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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Calls for an End to Civilian Casualties in Gaza Conflict

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Calls for an End to Civilian Casualties in Gaza Conflict

In a bold and unequivocal statement on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the loss of civilian lives, particularly women and children, in the besieged Gaza Strip. This marks Trudeau's strongest criticism of Israel since the conflict with Hamas erupted over a month ago.

Canada, like the United States and other allies, has acknowledged Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas following the militant group's attacks in southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,400 people and the hostage-taking of over 200 individuals. However, Trudeau expressed growing concern over the rising death toll in Gaza, where local health officials report 11,000 people killed since the conflict began.

Speaking at a news conference in the western province of British Columbia, Trudeau urged the Israeli government to exercise maximum restraint. He emphasized the global awareness of the situation through various media channels, stating, "The world is watching, on TV, on social media - we're hearing the testimonies of doctors, family members, survivors, kids who have lost their parents."

Trudeau's concern extended to the dire situation at Gaza's Al Shifa Hospital, where the lives of 36 babies were hanging in the balance due to a lack of a clear mechanism for evacuation. The hospital had run out of fuel to power generators that sustained incubators for premature babies.

In addition to calling for an end to civilian casualties, Trudeau addressed the need for Hamas to stop using Palestinians as human shields and urged the release of all hostages. He emphasized the importance of a significant humanitarian pause in the conflict, allowing for the safe release of hostages and the delivery of aid to address civilian needs.

Trudeau revealed that around 350 Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their family members had been successfully evacuated from Gaza. The Canadian leader's comments underscore the mounting international pressure to address the humanitarian crisis and bring about a cessation of hostilities in the region.


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