Canada says it is “concerned” and calls for a “de-escalation” in the wake of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, which broke out in East Jerusalem on Friday evening and left hundreds of wounded.
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Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Jerusalem. “We call for an immediate end to the tensions and urge all parties to avoid any unilateral action,” Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement on Saturday.
He added, “Canada is committed to the goal of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the establishment of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”
The minister also said: “As a close friend and ally of Israel, Canada is deeply concerned about recent decisions on settlements, as well as demolitions and evictions, including in Sheikh Jarrah.” These measures will have a negative impact on livelihoods and undermine prospects for a two-state solution based on mutual respect for rights. [de la personne] As well as respect for international law by all parties. “
It also called on the United States and the European Union to de-escalate tensions.
On Friday evening, tens of thousands of people gathered in the courtyard of the mosque in East Jerusalem to take part in a mass prayer, when Palestinians threw projectiles at Israeli law enforcement officials. Then the latter responded by firing rubber bullets into the crowd and stun grenades.