PM calls for in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter Cana­dian doc­tor shot dur­ing protests in Gaza

StarMetro Calgary - - CANADA - Mike Blanch­field

OT­TAWA—Justin Trudeau added his voice Wed­nes­day to the calls for an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ings by Is­raeli soldiers on the Gaza bor­der that killed 59 Pales­tini­ans and wounded hun­dreds more dur­ing Mon­day’s mass protests.

The prime min­is­ter said he was ap­palled by the shoot­ing of a Cana­dian doc­tor who was try­ing to help wounded pro­test­ers in Gaza on Mon­day.

In a state­ment, Trudeau de­scribed the re­ported use of ex­ces­sive force and live am­mu­ni­tion as “in­ex­cus­able.”

“We are ap­palled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Cana­dian cit­i­zen, is among the wounded — along with so many un­armed peo­ple, in­clud­ing civil­ians, mem­bers of the me­dia, first re­spon­ders, and chil­dren,” he said. “We are en­gag­ing with Is­raeli of­fi­cials to get to the bot­tom of th­ese events.”

Loubani, an emer­gency physi­cian at On­tario’s Lon­don Health Sci­ences Cen­tre and at Shifa Hos­pi­tal in Gaza, says he was shot in both legs Mon­day even though his team wore high-vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets that iden­ti­fied them as med­i­cal staff.

The Is­raeli em­bassy in Ot­tawa did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Wed­nes­day.

Trudeau called for a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion of the pos­si­ble use of both ex­ces­sive force and the in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence.

“It is im­per­a­tive we es­tab­lish the facts of what is hap­pen­ing in Gaza,” he said.

Is­rael and the U.S. blame the mil­i­tant group Ha­mas for en­dan­ger­ing civil­ians in Gaza by in­cit­ing them to protest. For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land in a Mon­day Twit­ter mes­sage said: “It is in­ex­cus­able that civil­ians, jour­nal­ists + chil­dren have been vic­tims. All par­ties to the con­flict have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure civil­ians are pro­tected.”

EU and UN add to calls for in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Mon­day’s car­nage at thes­


Tarek Loubani, in blue scrubs, is seen with other med­i­cal vol­un­teers in Gaza last week.

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