THE First Minister has said he has not heard from his in-laws in Gaza following the UK’s decision to abstain from a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

On Saturday, Humza Yousaf said he had been unable to contact his wife’s mother and her husband after communications and internet connection were severed by the continued Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Writing on X/Twitter, he said: “Thank you for your good wishes, I’m afraid we have not heard from my in-laws.

“My concern is for all the innocent people suffering for a crime they did not commit.

“If you did not vote for peace, while children are dying, then I do not know how you sleep at night.”

On Friday, the United Nationals General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce” between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.

The 193-member body passed the resolution with 120 votes for, 14 against and 45 abstentions.

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The UK was among the nations who abstained while both Ireland and Spain supported calls for a ceasefire.

Numerous SNP MSPs have condemned the UK’s decision not to vote.

Kaukab Stewart called the UK’s abstention “a disgrace” while Kevin Stewart asked:

“Why on earth did the UK abstain on this resolution? Do they want civilians to suffer?”