Humza Yousaf “Sick with Worry” as In-Laws are Trapped in Gaza

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf has revealed that his in-laws are “trapped” in Gaza as he condemned the attacks by Hamas in Israel.

Humza Yousaf reveals his In-Laws are 'Trapped' in Gaza f

"We cannot sleep - we are constantly watching our phones."

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf has said his in-laws are “trapped” in Gaza and is fearful whether they will “make it through the night or not”.

Mr Yousaf said his wife’s parents, who live in Dundee, travelled to Gaza to see her father’s sick mother.

Nadia El-Nakla’s parents were there when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing hundreds.

Mr Yousaf said: “As many will know, my wife is Palestinian.

“Her mum and dad, my in-laws, who live in Dundee, live in Scotland, they’ve been in Gaza and are currently trapped in Gaza, I’m afraid.”

They have since been told by Israeli authorities to leave because “Gaza will effectively be obliterated”.

Condemning the “unjustifiable” actions of Hamas, Mr Yousaf said:

“There can be no equivocation about that condemnation, and the Scottish government is strong in its condemnation.

“What we have unfortunately seen is many innocent people lose their lives in the course of the last 48 and 72 hours.

“The lives of an innocent Israeli are to me equal to the lives of an innocent Palestinian.

“Many innocent people on both sides are losing their lives and that cannot be justified in any way, shape or form.”

Speaking about his worry, Humza Yousaf said:

“We cannot sleep – we are constantly watching our phones.

“When our messages do get through, we’re waiting for a reply.

“I’m worried about my family. There will be many people, including in Scotland’s Jewish community for example, who will be really worried about their family in Israel that have come to harm.

“My thoughts go out to everybody, because innocent civilians have nothing to do with the conflict, they have nothing to do with Hamas terror, have nothing to do with the loss of life and they’re the ones often – innocent people – who are paying the price.”

It is reported that over 700 people have been killed.

Mr Yousaf said:

“Despite the best efforts of the British Foreign Office, nobody can guarantee them safe passage anywhere.”

“So I’m in a situation where we don’t know whether or not my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who have nothing to do – as most Gazans don’t – with Hamas or with any terror attack, will make it through the night or not.”

Mr Yousaf reiterated that his family had “nothing to do with Hamas”.

He explained: “My mother-in-law is a retired nurse from Ninewells [Hospital], my brother-in-law who lives in Gaza is a doctor, but they, along with a lot of other Gazans, are potentially going to suffer collective punishment and that cannot be justified.”

Humza Yousaf has been in touch with the Foreign Office about Scottish nationals caught up in the situation but no numbers were provided.

He added: “Whatever I can do to support our Jewish communities and Muslim communities – who will both be fearful of reprisal, attack, hatred – I will do whatever I can to protect our communities across Scotland.”

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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