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by Ruaraidh Gilmour
23 October 2023
Humza Yousaf’s family living through ‘torture’ as they are running out of water

First Minister Humza Yousaf speaks to the media during a visit to River Street in Brechin | Alamy

Humza Yousaf’s family living through ‘torture’ as they are running out of water

First Minister Humza Yousaf’s relatives are down to their last six bottles of water between 100 people as they continue to live through “torture” sheltering from the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

Yousaf’s parents-in-law have been trapped in Gaza for the last two weeks following the deadly Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, which claimed the lives of 1,400 people.  

The first minister described the last two weeks as a “nightmare” but “torture” for his wife’s parents.  

He again called on the UK Government to demand safe passage for civilians out of Gaza and for more aid to be allowed in.

Israel has allowed small aid packages into the city, but people are still unable to leave.  

Speaking to media today, Yousaf said: “They are devastated. They feel powerless, they have not heard any news about the border potentially opening.  

“My mother-in-law just told me they’re down to six bottles of clean drinking water – that’s in a household of 100 people.”

Since Israel began bombarding Gaza over 4,600 people have been killed according to the Gazan Health Ministry.  

Yousaf urged for more aid and for the border to be reopened to allow people to leave Gaza.  

He said: “Aid needs to get in. It needs to get in to people who need it, and the border needs to open to let people out.

“And I plead with the UK Government to demand from their allies and friends in Egypt and Israel to open that border to let foreign nationals out and indeed to let innocent men, women and children in Gaza who want to leave, to leave.”

He continued: “It’s a nightmare for us, but it’s torture for them.

“They cannot sleep, they have very little in the way of supplies, they want to come back home, and they feel that their government isn’t doing enough to get them home.”

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