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Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is calling for an end to violence in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, but not explicitly calling for a ceasefire.

Joly outlined the position today as she arrived for the weekly cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill, noting 1,200 have died in Israel and 15,000 people have died in Gaza since the conflict began Oct. 7 when the militant group Hamas launched an attack on Israel.

A recent week-long truce between Israel and Hamas, which rules Gaza, has now ended, and combat has resumed.

“The resumption of violence is devastating, and the cycle of violence will not ensure Israel’s long-term security. And the price of justice cannot be the suffering of all Palestinians. And so, the violence must stop,” Joly said.

The minister said the next goal has to be a two-state solution in the troubled region, adding Canada will get involved in launching a conversation about that.

Despite questions from journalists, Joly declined to specifically say she was calling for a ceasefire in the conflict.

She acknowledged that Hamas is a threat because it launched the attack on Oct. 7. “But we know also that there’s too many civilians that have died, and that is why we need to make sure that we work on a two-state solution.”

Meanwhile, Immigration Minister Marc Miller says he is considering options to get the extended family members of Canadians out of the embattled Gaza Strip. There’s a full story here.

And hundreds bound for a pro-Israel rally in Ottawa this week were left stranded after buses failed to arrive. Story here.

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