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Trudeau supports plan unveiled by Biden for ceasefire in Gaza

Photo: Adrian Wyld The Canadian Press “The proposal put forward by [Joe Biden] is an opportunity to end the suffering and return to the path of peace,” Justin Trudeau wrote in a post on X.

The Canadian Press in Ottawa

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supports a proposal presented Friday by US President Joe Biden that aims to end the war between Israel and Hamas.

“Canada calls for an immediate ceasefire, an increase in humanitarian aid and the release of hostages,” recalled Mr. Trudeau in a message published on the social network X.

“[Joe Biden’s] proposal is an opportunity to end the suffering and get back on the path to peace. All parties must seize it. »

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, also spoke on Canada's position on Friday evening. “Canada has been demanding an immediate ceasefire for months — the violence must stop,” she argued in a message posted on X.

“The human suffering caused by the war between Israel and Hamas is catastrophic,” she lamented, adding that the agreement charted “a path toward an irreversible two-state solution.”

President Biden detailed a three-phase deal proposed by Israel to Hamas militants that he said from the White House could be “a road map to a lasting ceasefire and the release of all hostages.”

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He said Hamas was no longer capable of carrying out another large-scale attack on Israel, similar to the October 7 assault that sparked hostilities.

Three phases

Biden said the first phase of the proposed deal would last six weeks and include a “total and complete ceasefire,” a withdrawal of Israeli forces from all densely populated areas of Gaza and the release of a a number of hostages, including women, the elderly and the wounded, in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

The American hostages would be released at this stadium and the remains of the killed hostages would be returned to their families. Humanitarian aid would increase in the first phase, with 600 trucks allowed into Gaza daily.

The second phase would include the release of all hostages still alive and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

“And as long as Hamas respects its commitments, the temporary ceasefire will become, in the words of the Israeli proposal, ‘the definitive cessation of hostilities,’” Mr. Biden said.

The third phase calls for the start of major reconstruction of Gaza, which will take decades to rebuild due to the devastation caused by the war.

The Israeli proposal was conveyed to Hamas on Thursday.

Joe Biden's remarks come as the Israeli military confirmed that its forces are now operating in central parts of Rafah as part of its offensive in the southern Gaza city. The US president called the moment “decisive”.

Israel faces growing international criticism for its strategy of systematic destruction of Gaza, which is causing enormous casualties. Israeli bombings and ground offensives in the besieged territory have killed more than 36,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry. The ministry does not distinguish between combatants and civilians in its count.

Israel launched its war in Gaza after an unprecedented Hamas raid in southern Gaza. 'Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 250 hostages. Israel says around 100 hostages remain captive in Gaza, along with the bodies of around 30 more.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116