Ontario offers to treat wounded Palestinian and Israeli children

The Canadian province of Ontario has offered to treat Palestinian and Israeli children wounded in the Israel-Gaza war.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said in the announcement this week that the province was willing to take the most serious cases from Gaza and Israel if the children are unable to receive proper treatment at home but can make the journey to Canada, the Canadian Press reported.

Israeli and Palestinian authorities have indicated they are willing to cooperate with the effort, Hoskins said.

Five Ontario hospitals — including Toronto’s eminent Hospital for Sick Children — have offered to treat the wounded. Some medical staff has offered to work for free.

“Children who are suffering on either side of the conflict, we want to do what we can to help them,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters on Aug. 5.

Hoskins noted the request to Canadians to help the children came from Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, who now lives in Toronto. Three of Abuelaish’s daughters were killed in Israel’s shelling of Gaza in 2009. — jta