SCOTLAND cricketer Abtaha Maqsood will donate her international match fees to help the people of Gaza.

The 24-year-old Glaswegian praised First Minister Humza Yousaf's response to the Israel-Hamas war – adding she was "proud" to play for a country that had "publicly condemned this clear act of genocide".

In a statement on Instagram, Maqsood said "playing with a black armband to raise awareness was important but not enough".

She continued: "Innocent men, women and children are being bombed every single day and being denied proper humanitarian aid.

"The death toll has now surpassed 6000, with almost half being children, and entire families are being wiped out."

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On Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, run by Hamas, released the names and identification numbers of 7028 people it says have been killed in the ongoing Israeli bombardment, according to Al Jazeera.

Charity  and aid organisation Medical Aid for Palestinians said on Tuesday that hospitals in Gaza were close to total collapse if fuel did not reach them in the next 48 hours.

It has since been more than 48 hours since the release of this statement.

Maqsood added: "I'm proud to be playing for a country that has publicly condemned this clear act of genocide and has opened its doors for the people of Gaza.

"I understand there is a feeling of helplessness going around but we must at least try to be on the right side of history.

"That is why I want to pledge my ODI match fees to help provide aid to the people of Gaza and I urge as many people as possible to join me in donating as much as we can towards this cause."

This comes as the First Minister called on all UK political leaders to back an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.