Nov 13, 2023

By Christine Ross

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A London, Ontario woman says her father was one of 234 people with ties to Canada who finally managed to make it out of the Gaza Strip Sunday.

Dalia Salim’s 66-year-old father had tried to leave five times before, but was eventually able to cross into Egypt along with another relative who is a U-S citizen.

Efforts to get Canadians and their families out of the territory have been complicated by regular closures of the Rafah land crossing between Gaza and Egypt, including a two-day shutdown on Friday and Saturday.

No Canadians are currently included on a list of foreigners cleared to cross the border today.

Meantime, Montreal politicians are condemning the latest anti-Semitic attack against the Jewish community in recent days, as tensions grow due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Mayor Valerie Plante says police are investigating after a Jewish school was shot at again, one of the two schools that were targeted in overnight shootings just three days earlier.

“My role as Mayor of Montreal is to make sure that everybody feels safe and I want the more moderated voice, I would like them to be heard more because it’s the big majority of Montrealers.”

Montreal police are also investigating two firebombings that took place last week, causing minor damage to a synagogue and an office belonging to a Jewish advocacy group.

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