First Minister Humza Yousaf’s brother-in-law has refused to leave his post as a doctor in Gaza because people “need me”, he said.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the First Minister shared a video of bloodied children being treated by medical personnel.
He said his wife, Nadia El-Nakla, had implored her brother to go home and rest after working for seven consecutive days.
He wrote: “My brother-in-law, a doctor in Gaza, is spending his seventh consecutive day in hospital. Nadia spoke to him and said he should go home to rest, his response: ‘I can’t leave my people when they need me’.
“Health workers in Gaza are heroes.”
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It comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak landed in Israel and met with families whose loved ones have been held hostage by Hamas following the attacks on October 7.
In a post on X, Rishi Sunak is pictured hugging a woman, who was not identified.
He said: “To have a child taken from you is a parent’s worst nightmare.
“This morning I heard from families going through this unbearable agony.
“Working with our partners, we’re determined to secure the release of the hostages taken by Hamas terrorists.”
Yousaf told broadcasters last week his brother-in-law had been forced to decide who to treat due to a lack of medical supplies.
At the SNP party conference in Aberdeen on Sunday, Yousaf’s wife called on world leaders to “give the children of Gaza a chance of life” as she spoke of her “complete despair” at the situation in the region.
She said she fears the city where her family has a home is being “obliterated” as Israel seeks retaliation for an attack by the Palestinian terror group Hamas.
Her parents are currently trapped in Gaza after travelling there from Scotland recently to visit family.
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