Trudeau calling for independent probe of reported use of ‘excessive force’ in Gaza shootings

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement goes a step further — in both tone and content — than past comments

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for an independent investigation into what he calls the excessive use of force by the Israel Defence Forces against protesters along the Gaza border on Monday.

Two days after a violent encounter with Israeli soldiers that killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more, Trudeau issued a statement to the parliamentary press gallery Wednesday demanding Israel’s leaders explain how a Canadian doctor tending to injured protesters was caught in the crossfire.

“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people. 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.