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Humza Yousaf, the First Minister of Scotland, has communicated with his relatives who are currently stranded in Gaza due to the ongoing turmoil.
On Saturday, he stated that he and his wife, Nadia El-Nakla, were unable to reach her parents after losing communication the day before. They were uncertain of their well-being and whether they were still alive.
Ms. El-Nakla’s mother, Elizabeth, and father, Maged, went to Gaza from Scotland before the conflict began to see their relatives.
On Sunday, Mr. Yousaf announced on X (previously known as Twitter) that he has received communication from the platform.
He mentioned that they are still living, but he worries about their well-being since they have no more access to drinking water.
According to him, “We received word this morning from my in-laws in Gaza that they are alive. Thank goodness.”
Unfortunately, their supply of potable water has been depleted.
The implementation of the UN resolution is necessary.
It is imperative that the violence ceases and that a substantial amount of assistance is promptly delivered.
The Prime Minister previously sent a letter to all political leaders in the United Kingdom, urging them to support a suspension of hostilities in Gaza.
According to a letter reportedly sent on Thursday night, the writer stated that Israel has the right to protect itself in response to the Hamas attacks on October 7. However, urgent measures must be taken to prevent the worsening of the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza before it turns into a catastrophic situation.
A representative from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office stated that their main focus is on ensuring the freedom of hostages and the safety of British citizens in Gaza, as well as facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
“We believe that implementing humanitarian breaks will be a crucial strategy in achieving these objectives. Our stance on upholding Israel’s legal right to self-defense remains the same.”
Later today, Mr. Yousaf expressed his support for the Jewish community in Scotland in their fight against antisemitism. This came after reports that a large group of individuals had entered the main airport in Russia’s Dagestan region and made their way onto the landing field to protest the arrival of a plane from Tel Aviv, Israel.
According to Russian news sources, individuals in the crowd were heard chanting anti-Semitic phrases and attempting to forcibly enter a plane owned by Russian airline Red Wings.
On Sunday, law enforcement shut down the airport in Makhachkala, the main city in a mostly Muslim area. Police also gathered at the airport.
Mr Yousaf left a comment on a news story about the occurrence shared by LBC on X, previously known as Twitter.
He stated: “The footage was absolutely terrifying.”
Our Jewish communities around the globe are genuinely concerned about the increase in anti-Semitism.
I support the Jewish community in Scotland in their fight against antisemitism. We must not let hate drive us apart.