Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay issued a statement late Friday on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The key points:
- Canada is concerned about the escalation in violence and urges all sides to act with restraint and take all measures possible to protect innocent civilian lives and reduce tensions.
- We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit.
- The Palestinian Authority must assume its share of responsibility for securing his safe return.
- We understand the gravity of this situation for Israel and recognize its right to protect its citizens.
Read the full statement here.