Scotland’s first minister has mentioned his parents-in-law are “trapped” in Gaza and is fearful whether or not they’ll “make it by the night time or not”.
Talking to journalists on Monday, Mr Yousaf mentioned: “As many will know, my spouse is Palestinian. Her mum and pa, my in-laws, who stay in Dundee, stay in Scotland, they have been in Gaza and are presently trapped in Gaza, I am afraid.”
The trapped couple had been visiting the father-in-law’s 92-year-old “aged and frail” mom when the Hamas assault passed off.
They’ve since been advised by Israeli authorities to go away as a result of “Gaza will successfully be obliterated”, the primary minister mentioned.
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Mr Yousaf, who issued an “unequivocal condemnation” of the Hamas assault, mentioned: “Regardless of the very best efforts of the British Overseas Workplace, no one, no one can assure them protected passage wherever.
“So, I am in a state of affairs the place, frankly, night time by night time, day-to-day, we do not know whether or not or not my mother-in-law and father-in-law – who don’t have anything to do, as most Gazans do not, with Hamas or with any terror assault – whether or not they’ll make it by the night time or not.”
The primary minister mentioned each he and his spouse “can’t sleep” because of fear for her dad and mom.
He mentioned: “We can’t sleep – we’re continually watching our telephones.
“When our messages do get by, we’re ready for a reply.”
He added: “I am fearful about my household. There might be many individuals, together with in Scotland’s Jewish neighborhood for instance, who might be actually fearful about their household in Israel which have come to hurt.
“My ideas exit to everyone, as a result of harmless civilians don’t have anything to do with the battle, they don’t have anything to do with Hamas terror, don’t have anything to do with the lack of life they usually’re those typically – harmless individuals – who’re paying the worth.”
At the very least 700 individuals have reportedly been killed in Israel and 560 have died in Gaza as Israel retaliated with airstrikes in an operation which has been dubbed “Swords of Iron”.
Israeli forces are currently fighting Hamas in two locations inside Israel, after the nation formally declared battle on the militant group.
More than 10 Britons are feared dead or missing in Israel, Sky Information understands.
Mr Yousaf has mentioned he doesn’t know what number of Scots have been caught up within the preventing.
The primary minister praised communications with the Overseas Workplace as “good”, however mentioned it was not but clear who was within the area and the way they have been impacted.