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MSPs back Gaza ceasefire calls as Humza Yousaf warns of cruelty facing patients

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MSPs have backed calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as Scotland’s First Minister described the “cruelty” facing patients in hospitals in the region.

Humza Yousaf led a debate on Tuesday, November 21, and condemned the “abhorrent terrorist attacks” by Hamas while urging the Scottish Parliament to take a stand against collective punishment on Palestinians.

Mr Yousaf opened the debate by remembering the fear experienced by his own mother-in-law Elizabeth El-Nakla after the conflict erupted following the October 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas militants.While Mrs El-Nakla and her husband Maged, the parents of Mr Yousaf’s wife Nadia, managed to escape and return to Dundee, their family remains in Gaza, their son Mohammed, a doctor, and his poorly grandmother, 92.

Mr Yousaf told MSPs doctors in Gaza were having to take risks in order to treat their patients as vital supplies ran out.He said: “This Government is unequivocal in its condemnation of the Israeli government cutting off water, food, fuel and supplies to the entire population of Gaza.

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