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Humza Yousaf's doctor brother-in-law tells of 'death and destruction' in Gaza strip

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Humza Yousaf has described how his brother-in-law, a hospital doctor in the Gaza strip, has witnessed "death and destruction" in the ongoing war.Mr Yousaf said his brother-in-law is in a "terrible way" as he continues to treat patients in the south of Gaza.The parents of the First Minister's wife Nadia El-Nakla were visiting relatives when the war between Israel and Hamas broke out, leaving them trapped in the Palestinian territory for weeks amid intense bombardment.They were able to return to Scotland earlier this month after being permitted to pass through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt.

The First Minister was asked about his family's situation as he spoke to BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House programme on Sunday.His parents-in-law are still recovering from the ordeal, he said, adding: "In all honesty, I did not think I would see them again as time went on.

There was a particular call which I'll never forget as long as I live. Join the Daily Record's WhatsApp community here and get the latest news sent straight to your messages. "My mother-in-law called around 1.30 in the morning, saying they'd been told their neighbour's house was going to be targeted and therefore there's no doubt the blast would hit them."She began to say her goodbyes to me and I'll never forget that she told me to look after her girls."The First Minister said he had exchanged messages with his brother-in-law, who has been working almost non-stop, on Saturday.

Mr Yousaf said: "He says he's never seen death and destruction like it."He told me he doesn't know how he's going to recover from it.

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