Prime Minister calls for independent investigation into Gaza shootings

Justin Trudeau is among those calling for an independent investigation into the shootings by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border that killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more during Monday's mass protests.

The prime minister said he was appalled by the shooting of a Canadian doctor who was trying to help wounded protesters in Gaza on Monday, calling the reported use of excessive force and live ammunition ``inexcusable.''

Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency physician at Ontario's London Health Sciences Centre and at Shifa Hospital in Gaza, says he was shot in both legs even though his team wore high-visibility jackets that identified them as medical staff.

Canada joins Germany, Belgium and Ireland and several U-N Security Council members in calling for an investigation into the carnage.

However, the council has taken no action because the U-S, a permanent member, says Israel acted with ``restraint.''