Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, Humza Yousaf, said on Friday that his wife’s parents had managed to leave the Gaza Strip, ending the family’s “nightmare”. In a statement, the politician called for a ceasefire and for Hamas to release all hostages.
Under the agreement, the three-day crossing in Rafah from the Gaza Strip to Egypt remains open to a limited evacuation aimed at releasing some foreign citizens and wounded Palestinians from the enclave.
The list of evacuees previously published online by the authorities included Elizabeth and Maged El-Nakla, parents of the wife of the leader of the Scottish National Party and the first minister (Prime Minister). Scotland Humzy Yousaf.
“We are very happy to confirm that this morning Nadia’s parents managed to leave Gaza through the Rafah border crossing,” Yousaf and his wife Nadia El-Nakla said in a statement. “The last four weeks have been a nightmare for our family. While we are deeply personally relieved, we are devastated by the continued suffering of the people of Gaza,” they added.
Yousaf said his wife’s parents were visiting family when Hamas attacked last month Israel. Since then, Israel has been bombing the enclave every day, killing over nine thousand Palestinians.
Last month, the politician told Reuters the couple was quickly running out of food and drinking water and could die if they were not able to leave the country soon.
Calls for a ceasefire and the release of the hostages
The first group of British citizens left Gaza on Wednesday, and the British Foreign Office said it would provide transport to the reception center in Cairo and help arrange onward travel on commercial flights.
Yousaf, who heads the Scottish National Party, is among a group of British politicians calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, although Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has only supported a short break in fighting to allow aid in.
“We reiterate our calls on all parties to agree to an immediate ceasefire and the opening of a humanitarian corridor so that significant amounts of aid, including fuel supplies, can reach the population that has suffered for too long,” Yousaf said. He stressed that Hamas should release all hostages.
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