Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

The federal government says it is “providing support to seven Canadian families” in connection with confirmed deaths in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) said in a statement Wednesday at least two Canadians remain missing, in addition to those killed since the war broke out following an attack by Hamas on Israel on Oct. 7.

CTV News has reached out to the department for more information on the number of Canadians killed.

“Canada unequivocally condemns Hamas’ terrorist attack against Israel. We support Israel’s right to defend itself, in accordance with international law. Canada calls for the immediate release of all hostages,” the government said in the statement. “Canada is deeply concerned by the situation in Gaza.” (we may not need as I think they include in every statement now, but no objex to including!)

GAC said there are currently 5,765 Canadians known to be living in Israel, with another 451 in the West Bank and Gaza, and 17,135 in Lebanon. These totals are based on those who have registered with the Registration of Canadians Abroad, which is a voluntary process.

As of Thursday, the department said, the government has helped more than 1,600 Canadians, permanent residents, their family members and foreign nationals flee the area by air. Dozens more have left by bus, and more of these transfers are expected “in the coming days.”

“The safety of Canadians, at home and abroad, is our top priority,” GAC said in its statement.

The updated total of families being supported by the government in connection with deaths came a day after the federal government issued a call for “humanitarian pauses on hostilities” to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza and for Canadians and other civilians to leave. 

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