Trudeau calls for probe into Gaza violence after Canadian doctor was wounded

Trudeau calls for probe into Gaza violence after Canadian doctor was wounded
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for a probe into the violence on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip after a Canadian doctor was wounded while tending to injured Palestinian protesters. 

"Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people. We are appalled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded — along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children," Trudeau said in a statement on Wednesday, according to CBC News. 

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"We are doing everything we can to assist Dr. Loubani and his family, and to determine how a Canadian citizen came to be injured. We are engaging with Israeli officials to get to the bottom of these events," he continued. 

Loubani was shot in the leg during the clashes, according to CBC. 

Over 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during violent protests earlier this week during the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, while thousands of others were injured. 

Various countries including South Africa, Ireland and Belgium have condemned Israel's response. 

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyFederal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations Federal watchdog recommends Conway be removed from role for Hatch Act violations Pavlich: Debunking common smear against pro-life movement MORE, however, praised Israel for what she called "restraint."

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has," Haley said at a U.N. Security Council meeting. "In fact, the record of several countries here today suggest that they would be less restrained."