Scotland’s first minister declares the country should voluntarily be a “sanctuary” for Gaza refugees and says America should too

Scotland’s first minister announced the country is poised to be the first to accept refugees from Gaza and will be a “sanctuary” in what he hopes will be a “global refugee program”.

First Minister Humza Yousaf, the head of the Scottish government, wrote on his X account that “the people of Gaza are a proud people” who would like to welcome their country.

“Many people don’t want to go and shouldn’t have to. But there should be a global refugee program for those displaced who want to leave. “Scotland is ready to be a haven and to be the first country to welcome these refugees,” Yousaf wrote.

“The people of Gaza and the people of Palestine… my wife is a Scottish Palestinian and I can tell you that they are very proud people and have the right to be proud,” Yousaf said in an attached video. “They’re proud of their culture, they’re proud of their county, they’re proud of their country.”

“So many of them don’t want to go, and they shouldn’t have to go,” the minister continued. “The world should be involved,” he continued, mentioning Europe and America, among others.

The First Minister also pointed out how “generous” Scotland is, having given refuge to Ukrainians and Syrians.

“Let’s say Scotland will be a haven,” he added.

Yousaf is a Muslim born in Scotland to Pakistani parents and married to a Palestinian Scot.

During an interview at the Scottish National Party’s annual conference, Yousaf said he felt “powerless” to protect family members in Gaza, including his father and brother-in-law. Accordingly TimCastThe First Minister also shared a video message from his mother-in-law, calling on Israel to open humanitarian corridors.

“[It’s an] “Appeal to the international community to establish international corridors, end collective punishment, allow the flow of aid and allow the innocent people of Gaza to leave,” Yousaf said.

“It doesn’t matter what can’t happen [Israel’s] The military tactic is that innocent men, women and children must pay the price. “What needs to happen now, immediately, today is the opening of a humanitarian corridor,” Yousaf demanded.

The Scottish official also said Israel must continue to allow supplies, medicine, food and fuel to flow into Gaza claimed that Israel Defense Forces had sanctioned all incoming shipments.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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