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GOTG departs for Gaza tonight

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Its all systems go for humanitarian NGO Gift of the Givers (GOTG) who will depart for war devastated Gaza on Tuesday evening. The relief agency has deployed ten 10 medical specialists who will depart from OR Tambo International at 9.45pm. Despite initial delays, they are expected to land in Cairo on Wednesday.

The cargo plane with 16 tons of emergency medical supplies valued at R15 million will be landing in Egypt in five hours. Items donated by American NGO’s to Gift of the Givers will also be released from Cairo customs into the agency’s possession on Wednesday. The team will enter Rafah on Wednesday afternoon and the supplies will follow a day later.

The GOTG medic team will assist with emergency patients streaming into medical hospitals in the strip, as the number of causalities and injuries have increased. Doctors at hospitals in Gaza have reported there is a high density of people who were not treated properly for their injuries.

“In the early phase of the war many people were not dealt with properly. We had a special request from medical personnel to tackle this issue. We wanted to take 30 personnel but are only allowed to take 10. They are only allowed to operate for 10 to 12 days as they become unproductive when working for strenuous periods of time,” said GOTG founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman.

He appealed to all people globally for sympathy and assistance.

“It is such a great need…the whole world has seen the suffering of the people inside and everyone wants to respond. We have responded the first day in July, offering aid such as food until now but there is a burning need for medical aid,” said Sooliman.

“We pray that the mission will arrive safely in Gaza and that our team is protected whilst they serve humanity.”

Meanwhile, pro-Palestine supporters are urged to give the GOTG team a warm send-off at the airport and to bring banners and posters. VOC

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