THE First Minister has backed The National’s fundraiser for Medical Aid for Palestinians, saying it is “heartening” to see the amount which has already been donated.

Since The National launched the fundraiser on Saturday, target after target has been smashed thanks to the generosity of our readers in Scotland and beyond.

READ MORE: Inside the crucial life-saving work in Gaza your donations go towards

An initial target of £15,000 was doubled, then stretched, and is now sitting at £75,000. Thanks to the amazing support, we are currently past 90% of even that massive target.

Writing on social media, Humza Yousaf urged people to donate to push the fundraising pot even higher.

“People in Gaza are suffering unimaginable horrors,” the SNP leader wrote.

“With over 70,000 people injured, medical aid is of critical importance.

“The incredible support already demonstrated for @ScotNational’s @MedicalAidPal fundraiser is heartening.

“Please donate if you can.”

Yousaf shared The National’s front page from Tuesday, which marked the £50,000 milestone being hit the previous day.

The Israeli attacks on Gaza that followed by Hamas’ October 7 attacks have killed over 30,000 Palestinians and driven some 80% of Gaza’s 2.3 million people from their homes.

Yousaf’s in-laws were among the millions of people trapped in the region after the initial siege began.

Aid groups say it is nearly impossible to deliver aid in much of the territory, and the UN says a quarter of the population is starving. Scores of Palestinians were killed last month during a chaotic aid delivery in the north organized by Israeli troops, who fired on the crowd.

Conditions are especially dire in northern Gaza, which has suffered widespread devastation and been largely cut off by Israeli forces since October.

Up to 300,000 Palestinians are believed to have remained there despite Israeli evacuation orders, with many reduced to eating animal feed in recent weeks.

The US has announced plans to construct a sea bridge near Gaza in order to deliver aid, but it will likely be several weeks before it is operational.

Please, if you can, donate to our fundraiser for Medical Aid for Palestinians.