Canada’s Foreign Minister Marc Garneau spoke at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 19, 2021, in a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, beside the Arctic Council Ministerial Summit. .. (Candian Press / POOL PHOTO via AP / AP-SAUL LOEB
International Affairs Minister Ottawa-Marc Garneau said Canada welcomed the ceasefire that ended the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas and killed hundreds of people.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Garnot said he was appalled by the tragic loss of life and urged all sides to further ease tensions.
Garneau states that Canada is calling on Israel and Palestinia for a new commitment to peace and is ready to support efforts towards a two-state solution.
The ceasefire came into effect today at 2:00 am local time after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said his security cabinet had unanimously accepted Egypt’s ceasefire proposal.
At least 230 Palestinians were killed and 1,710 were injured, including 65 children and 39 women, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
Twelve Israeli people were killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.
The battle broke out on May 10 when Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip launched a long-range rocket at Jerusalem.
The bulletin took place after several days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holy place in Islam. This mosque is built on a hilltop holy for Jews in the sanctuary.
Tensions were fueled by a long court battle in which Israeli settlers took over property and planned to remove dozens of Palestinians from the Sheikhjara district of East Jerusalem.
With a file from the Associated Press