Canada’s statement on escalation between Israel and Gaza


May 12, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:

“Canada is deeply concerned by the escalation between Israel and Gaza and stands firmly with the Israeli and Palestinian peoples in their right to live in peace, security, with dignity and without fear.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of civilian lives in Gaza and Israel, including children in Gaza.  All civilians must be protected and international law must be respected. Canada also condemns the firing of rockets into Israel and stands by Israel’s right to defend its security from terrorist attacks, in accordance with human rights and international humanitarian law.

“Canada calls for calm and immediate de-escalation to prevent any further loss of civilian life. We urge all parties to refrain from actions that could escalate violence and undermine prospects for peace.

“Canada will continue to take a principled approach, in coordination with our international partners, to support a just and lasting peace.”


Adrien Blanchard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
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