Nov 10, 2023

By Jane Brown

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More Canadian passport holders will be allowed to leave Gaza at the Rafah crossing on Friday as the Israel Hamas war continues.

This picture taken on October 20, 2023 shows a view of the gate to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. Thousands of tonnes of “life and death” aid for Gaza should be delivered soon, the United Nations said on October 20, to relieve a “beyond catastrophic” situation after unrelenting Israeli bombing in response to an unprecedented Hamas raid. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED / AFP) (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Some 266 Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their family members have their names added to the list of foreign nationals allowed to exit the Gaza Strip Friday.

As of late last night, a statement from Global Affairs Canada says 550 more people were still hoping to leave the territory.

Palestinians fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation might be getting more aid soon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to institute daily pauses in combat in Gaza.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meantime, has spoken out after recent violence in Montreal linked to the Israel Hamas war.

Two security guards and a student were injured in an altercation at Concordia University campus on Wednesday.

Swastkikas were found on a university building and a social media post from a student group could reasonably be interpreted as trying to incite violence.

And two Montreal Jewish schools were hit by gunshots overnight into Thursday.

“No matter how strongly felt your fears or convictions are, it doesn’t give you the right to do what we saw yesterday at Concordia,” Trudeau said while in Montreal on Thursday, “Or the shots fired at two schools earlier today in Montreal. These are not who we are.”

One of the two Jewish schools hit by gunshots was attended by our own Libby Znaimer when she was a teenager.

Earlier this week in a Montreal suburb, a synagogue and an office belonging to a Jewish advocacy organization were firebombed.

There were no injuries.

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