Canada calls for protecting journalists after Gaza strike
Canada on Saturday stressed "the fundamental importance of protecting journalists" following an Israeli attack on a building housing international media in Gaza, and called for "immediate steps" to end the violence.
Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said Canada was following the situation in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza "with grave concern" and urged "all parties to take immediate steps to end the violence, deescalate tensions, protect all civilians, refugees, journalists and media workers."
He reiterated "the fundamental importance of protecting journalists," stressing they "must be free to do their work."
"Their safety and security must always be ensured," he said on Twitter.
In Gaza, an Israeli air strike on Saturday flattened the 13-floor building housing the Al-Jazeera network and The Associated Press news agency following a warning from the Israeli army to evacuate the tower.
At least 26 people were killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, bringing the number of people killed by Israel’s assault on the besieged Palestinian enclave to 174 since last Monday, including 47 children.