Humza Yousaf, the First Minister of Scotland, stated that his in-laws are currently stuck in Gaza and no one can ensure their safe transportation to another location.
Yousaf, the head of the Scottish National Party, stated that his wife’s parents, Nadia El Nakla, made a trip from Dundee to Gaza to visit a family member at the time of Hamas’ fatal assaults.
Yousaf shared with reporters on Monday that every night and day, he is uncertain if his mother-in-law and father-in-law, who have no involvement with Hamas or any terrorist activity like most Gazans, will survive until the morning.
Yousaf’s relatives have received a notification from Israeli officials to evacuate due to the threat of Gaza being completely destroyed, the prime minister reported. Despite the British Foreign Office’s attempts, there is no guarantee of their safety during their journey.
He stated that they are unable to rest as they are always monitoring their phones. He mentioned that there are numerous individuals in the Jewish community in Scotland who are greatly concerned for their families in Israel, who may have been affected by the current situation.
Yousaf strongly denounced the Hamas attacks and expressed concern for the innocent civilians who will bear the brunt of the escalating conflict on both sides.
I extend my condolences to all those affected by the conflict, as innocent civilians are not involved in the violence and should not be held accountable for the actions of Hamas. It is unjust that innocent lives are often the ones suffering the consequences.