Humza Yousaf’s wife has revealed her family trapped in Gaza were wounded by shrapnel in a drone attack.
Nadia El-Nakla, an SNP councillor for Dundee City Council, spoke on LBC news about the dangers faced by her family who have become caught in the midst of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
Speaking to presenter Shelagh Fogarty, she revealed her mother Elizabeth had to pull shrapnel from her young cousin’s skin as hospitals are dangerous and low on medical supplies.
The First Minister revealed last weekend that his wife’s family were trapped in Gaza after the Hamas attack on southern Israel. The family had travelled to the country to visit Ms El-Nakla’s grandmother and her brother – who is a doctor – and his family.
The Scottish First Minister’s wife said that two minutes before speaking to LBC London today her mother called her to say her aunt, uncle and their three children were struck while sitting outside their house.
She said: ‘Two minutes before this call, my mother called me. My aunt and uncle and their three children – the youngest is just two – were sitting outside their home and they got hit by a drone.
‘Thankfully, the drone hit off a metal fire extinguisher and now my two-year-old cousin is covered in shrapnel.
Nadia El-Nakla (pictured) has revealed her family trapped in Gaza were ‘hit by a drone’ while sheltering from Israeli strikes
Mrs El-Nakla’s parents Elizabeth and Maged El-Nakla (pictured) became trapped in the Palestinian territory when Hamas launched its bloody cross-border attack
‘My mum is crying, she said ”we’re removing the shrapnel, but don’t worry they’re OK, it’s just deep in their skin”. My mum’s an ex-nurse.
‘There’s absolutely no way for that kind of treatment. You cannot go to hospital for that kind of treatment right now.’
She added: ‘I want an urgent ceasefire. I want to see humanitarian aid going into Gaza, and I want foreign nationals out.’
Mrs El-Nakla’s parents Elizabeth and Maged El-Nakla became trapped in the Palestinian territory when Hamas launched its bloody cross-border attack.
The couple were visiting Mr El-Nakla’s 92-year-old mother, who lives in Gaza, as do several other family members.
Mrs El-Nakla said today that her mother, father, grandmother, brother, three nephews, her niece and other members of the family are all in Gaza.
First Minister of Scotland Humza is pictured with his wife Mrs El-Nakla, whose family are stuck in Gaza
Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City as raging battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue
Mrs El-Nakla spoke about the situation at the start of the SNP conference in Aberdeen, where an emergency motion was passed unanimously by delegates that calls on the Government to back United Nations demands for a humanitarian corridor.
‘Instead of sending spy planes, the UK should be sending supplies,’ the SNP councillor told the conference, to applause from delegates.
‘No food, no water, no electricity. We are seeing an attack on humanity and my heart feels like it is starting to turn to stone. Gaza is being obliterated like never before.
‘My mum has said in the past eight days there has not been a let up for more than 10 minutes.’