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Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip along Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, Gaza Strip, on Nov. 9.Hatem Moussa/The Associated Press

Global Affairs Canada says none of the 266 Canadians on Friday’s list of foreign nationals approved to leave the Gaza Strip were able to get out.

“The Rafah border crossing was closed today,” the department wrote in a Friday afternoon statement. “No foreign nationals crossed.”

Early Friday, 266 Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their family members appeared on the daily list of foreigners approved to exit for Egypt through the Rafah border crossing. That list is posted by Palestinian authorities and co-ordinated with the Egyptian and Israeli governments.

“Canadians who were at the border today for crossing were contacted, and we are hopeful the border will reopen soon to allow them to cross,” the department wrote.

A total of 107 people with connections to Canada crossed on Tuesday and Thursday, though the crossing was closed Wednesday because of what a U.S. State Department spokesperson described as a “security circumstance.”

Jewish communities in Canada shaken by spike in hate incidents since onset of Israel-Hamas war

Some of those Canadians have since reached Canada, while others remain in Cairo; Egypt allows foreigners to stay 72 hours in the country.

Global Affairs says it’s aware of 550 Canadians, permanent residents, and family members who are currently trying to leave Gaza, including those who were supposed to cross Friday.

Meanwhile, the department is hinting at the possibility of Canadians being among those captured by Hamas in the brazen Oct. 7 attack in Israel.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said Thursday that Canada’s top official for consular cases was in the Middle East to try help securing the release of hostages being held by Hamas.

That role is to “engage with government representatives and others to seek the release of Canadian hostages abroad, including in the Middle East,” the department said.

Ms. Joly has long refused to say whether Canadians were among the hostages, an effort to avoid complicating the overall rescue effort. Ottawa refers only to “two Canadians who are missing” in the region, citing privacy considerations.

Foreign nationals in the territory are trying to flee a worsening humanitarian situation and constant Israeli air strikes. The bombardment is in retaliation for the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas militants, who killed 1,200 Israelis and kidnapped 240 people.

The images of air strikes in Gaza have already fuelled a number of tense protests in Canada, and Mr. Trudeau said Friday he’s concerned about Jews and Muslims being targeted.

He didn’t cite any specific examples, but Montreal police have said two Jewish schools were hit by gunshots, while a series of brawls at Concordia University led to three people being injured and one arrested.

“What’s happening in the Middle East right now is causing a lot of devastating emotions – fear, anger, grief – on all sorts of different communities, but particularly both the Muslim and the Jewish communities across Canada,” he said.

“We all need to be extremely concerned about the rise in tensions, the rise in threats of violence, the rise in actual acts of violence and the rise in hatred.”

In recent years, Muslims have shown up to support Jewish people after attacks at synagogues, and Jewish people have done the same after violence occurred at mosques, Mr. Trudeau noted.

“Canadians stand up for each other. We hear each other’s pain and grief and support each other.”

The White House announced Thursday that Israel agreed to put in place a daily four-hour “humanitarian pause” on its air strikes in Gaza. Canadian officials said they hope the breaks in fighting will allow more departures of foreign nationals, the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and the negotiation of an eventual end to the month-old war.

U.S. President Joe Biden said the promise of daily pauses came after he called on Israel to withhold bombardment for three or more days in the hopes that Hamas would release hostages, though he said there was “no possibility” of a ceasefire.

The Health Ministry in the Hamas-run territory has said the bombardment has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians. Another 2,650 people have been reported missing.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said “far too many” Palestinians have died, and that Israel is not doing enough to avoid civilian casualties.

American officials have said the recent resumption of some water supplies and food shipments has yet to meet a huge demand for essentials.

Separately, United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk called on Friday for an investigation into what he called Israel’s “indiscriminate bombardment and shelling” in densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip.

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