“A Canadian peace activist’s death has brought tragic news amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) recently confirmed the death of Vivian Silver, one of the eight individuals connected to Canada who lost their lives in the conflict. With this update, GAC now reports only one Canadian is still missing, a change from the previous report of two missing Canadians.
Vivian Silver, initially believed to be one of the hostages taken by Hamas in the October 7 attack, was tragically confirmed to have been killed in the original attack. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences and praised Silver’s dedication to peacebuilding, describing her as a symbol of what it means to be a compassionate Canadian committed to positive global engagement.
NO NEW CROSSINGS
In addition to the tragic update about the casualties, GAC also provided information about the situation at the Rafah border crossing. While no new Canadian crossings from Gaza to Egypt were reported, GAC stated that 356 Canadians, permanent residents, and eligible family members have been permitted to leave Gaza as of the recent update. The limited number of crossings allowed each day remains a challenge for those seeking to leave the area.
Despite the difficulties, GAC continues to be in contact with 390 Canadians, permanent residents, and family members in Gaza.
GAC’s ongoing efforts to assist Canadians in the region and provide updates on the situation reflect the government’s commitment to supporting its citizens during times of crisis.”
“As the conflict continues and the humanitarian situation worsens, it’s important to remember the human lives affected by the violence. Vivian Silver’s death serves as a somber reminder of the toll that war takes on individuals and families around the world. The ongoing efforts of GAC and other organizations are vital in providing assistance and support to those caught in the midst of conflict. It is a hope for peace and an end to the suffering that motivates these efforts, and it is essential that the international community continues to work towards a resolution that brings lasting peace to the region.”