Statement by Minister Baird on Situation in Israel

(No. 239 - August 18, 2011 - 5:40 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attacks in southern Israel:

"Canada condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in southern Israel today. These cowardly attacks, particularly on civilian targets, are abhorrent and criminal.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I send my heartfelt condolences to those affected by today's vicious attacks.

"Israel has a right to defend itself against such terrorist acts in conformity with international humanitarian law. Those responsible for these horrific attacks must be held accountable."

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