Prime Minister Stephen Harper issues statement supporting Israel's right to defend itself
The Israeli air force has dropped pamphlets from the sky on northern Gaza warning residents to flee their homes.
This comes after a week of hostilities triggered by rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. Israeli has responded with air strikes, as well as a naval commando raid in northern Gaza.
This was reportedly to disable a rocket-launching site. According to a CBC report, there have been 166 Palestinian deaths.
Meanwhile, Israel has tanks and ground forces at the border with Gaza, preparing for a possible attack.
This morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement about the situation:
"The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.
"Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.
"Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
"Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
Meanwhile, a professor of science, techology, and national-security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Theodore Postol, has told National Public Radio that the artillery coming from Gaza are 122-millimetre rockets.
Postol said that these weapons resemble a "four-and-a-half-inch diameter pipe" and might be from 10 to 20 feet in length.
"A typical explosive is 20 to 30 pounds, which is quite enough to kill you if it lands near you," Postol told NPR. "But, you know, if you take shelter it's unlikely to cause your house to collapse, and Israelis are set up to take shelter."