December 10, 2023

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has criticized the killing of women, children, and babies in Gaza by Israel in his strongest condemnation of the country since the conflict with Hamas began a month ago. Canada supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas but is increasingly concerned about the rising death toll in Gaza. Trudeau urged Israel to show maximum restraint and expressed concern about the killing of innocent civilians, including babies. He also called on Hamas to stop using Palestinians as human shields and release all hostages. Trudeau said around 350 Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their family members have been evacuated from Gaza. He previously called for a significant humanitarian pause in the conflict to allow for the release of hostages and the delivery of aid to address civilian needs.