Humza Yousaf says ‘no justification’ for death of innocent people in Gaza

The Scottish First Minister urged the international community to ‘step up’.

Sarah Ward
Friday 13 October 2023 08:59 BST
Humza Yousaf’s in-laws are trapped in Gaza (Jane Barlow/PA)
Humza Yousaf’s in-laws are trapped in Gaza (Jane Barlow/PA)

Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf called for an end to deaths in Gaza and for the international community to “step up”, amid orders for more than one million Palestinians to evacuate.

Mr Yousaf condemned reports from the United Nations that 1.1 million Palestinians were ordered to vacate northern Gaza within 24 hours, by the Israeli military.

The region subject to the order includes Gaza’s biggest hospital, which Human Rights Watch has said is dealing with more than 6,000 casualties, and two major refugee camps.

The UN described the military order as “devastating”.

There can be no justification for the death of innocent men, women & children

Humza Yousaf

Mr Yousaf’s in-laws are trapped in Gaza, and his wife Nadia El-Nakla has spoken of her torment at the prospect of her relatives living in a refugee camp with no food or water.

Mr Yousaf said there was “no justification for the death of innocent men, women and children”.

Posting on Twitter, formerly known as X, Mr Yousaf said: “UN has said the order to move 1.1m people in 24 hours will lead to ‘devastating humanitarian consequences’.

“The international community must step up and demand an end to collective punishment.

“Enough. There can be no justification for the death of innocent men, women & children.”

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