Canadian Prime Minister Calls for Humanitarian Corridor into Gaza Amid Escalating Crisis


In a press conference held on Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a fervent plea for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor leading into the Gaza Strip. He emphasized the pressing need for urgent assistance to alleviate the increasingly dire circumstances faced by the enclave's 2.3 million inhabitants.

The call comes in the wake of a devastating attack by Hamas last week, which claimed the lives of over 1,300 individuals. In response, Israel has imposed a comprehensive blockade on Gaza and subjected the densely populated Palestinian territory to a barrage of unprecedented aerial assaults.

According to reports from Gaza authorities, Israel's relentless aerial bombardment has resulted in the tragic loss of over 2,800 lives, with nearly a quarter of them being children. Additionally, more than 10,000 individuals have been wounded.

In conjunction with the air strikes, Israel has announced plans for a significant ground offensive in northern Gaza, with the objective of dismantling Hamas, the Iranian-backed militia that has maintained control over the coastal region since its seizure from Egypt by Israel in 1967.

Prime Minister Trudeau underscored Canada's call for unimpeded humanitarian access, emphasizing the urgent necessity of establishing a corridor for the delivery of essential provisions such as food, fuel, and water to civilians in Gaza. He stated, "It is imperative that this happen."

While affirming Canada's unwavering support for Israel's right to self-defense in accordance with international law, Trudeau also emphasized the importance of adhering to established norms even during times of conflict. Addressing the House of Commons lower chamber of parliament, he stated, "Even wars have rules."

Trudeau unequivocally condemned acts of terrorism, asserting that they are indefensible. He made it clear that Hamas does not represent the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their legitimate interests.

The international community continues to monitor the situation in Gaza closely, as efforts to establish a humanitarian corridor gain momentum, driven by the urgent need to provide vital aid to those affected by the escalating crisis.