January 8, 2009
No. 4

Canada Provides Assistance to Canadians and Other Foreigners in Leaving Gaza

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Canada's efforts in helping Canadians leave Gaza.

"Today, 48 Canadians safely departed from Gaza and were transported to Jordan. Our diplomatic missions in the region played a crucial role in coordinating this operation, not just for the Canadians but also for approximately 250 foreign nationals from 20 other countries," said the Minister.

"Canada is grateful for the assistance provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross in supporting this departure."

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874