PM calls for investigation after Canadian doctor shot during protests in Gaza
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.”
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Tarek Loubani, in blue scrubs, is seen with other medical volunteers in Gaza last week.