Posted 28 days ago
The Canadian government has reportedly attempted to clarify its stance on a "humanitarian truce" in the Israel-Hamas war, just days after the country abstained from a United Nations resolution on the matter.
Delivering a speech Monday before the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly called for "humanitarian pauses" and a "humanitarian truce" in Gaza, as at least seven Canadian nationals have died, at least two others remain unaccounted for and "could be held hostage," and "400 Canadians are trapped in Gaza."
"At this point, we need an agreement from all parties to get our foreign nationals out," Joly said Monday, telling a business audience she had been in contact with Israel, Qatar, Egypt and the U. S. nearly every day for the past three weeks. "All hostages must be released, and it is important to allow food, fuel and water in Gaza. And Canada will be reaching out to more countries to join in that call."
Joly spoke out against the Hamas terrorist attacks, while also recognizing the situation that Palestinian civilians find themselves in.
"We have seen horrific scenes of unspeakable violence as Hamas launched its terrorist attacks against the people of Israel, which Canada unequivocally condemns," Joly said. "What is unfolding in Gaza is also a human tragedy. The humanitarian situation facing the Palestinian people – Palestinian women and children in particular – is dire.... (Read more)