Amid the ongoing Israel’s military aggression in the Gaza Strip since October 7, the Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly has announced that her country will halt arms shipments to Israel.

In a statement, on Tuesday, March 19, Melanie told Toronto Star that, “It is a real matter,” noting that this step “will not only be symbolic.”

The decision follows a House of Commons motion urging the cessation of military aid to Israel. Legislators voted 204-117 in favour of a non-binding motion to halt weapons sales following a lengthy debate on Monday, March 18.