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17/07/14 17:37

Situation in Gaza and Israel

External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf comments on the situation in Gaza and Israel.

Commenting on the latest situation in Gaza and Israel, External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf said:

"A complete cessation in violence is urgently needed and international calls for an immediate, longer term ceasefire must be intensified and heeded.

"The lives lost in this conflict are individual human tragedies and the killing of innocent civilians, be they Palestinian or Israeli, is to be utterly condemned. The rocket attacks on Israel are unacceptable and should stop, as should the Israeli bombardment on Gaza, which is heavily disproportionate, as demonstrated by the mounting civilian death toll.

“It is essential that the UN should be allowed to independently investigate all civilian deaths to determine whether there has been any violation of international law.

"Our offer of medical assistance to help the humanitarian situation still stands and we are currently in dialogue with the appropriate Governments and agencies to assess whether Scotland can give specialist medical help to civilians caught up in the conflict should medical evacuation be possible.

"The Scottish Government also believes that the continuation of the blockade in Gaza is exacerbating the suffering experienced by the people there and tantamount to collective punishment. For that reason I recently wrote to the UK Government to exert further pressure on the Israeli Government to bring that blockade to an end.”