Relief aid organization Gift of the Givers (GOTG) is awaiting approval from authorities in Egypt before relief work on its emergency medical mission can begin. The NGO’s founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said they are preparing a medical mission to Gaza to take emergency medical specialist, trauma surgeons, doctors and a whole range of medical personnel. Israel has launched a massive air and ground invasion of Gaza, which has claimed more than 260 lives.
“This will be done to try and assist the people in Gaza, however while we are waiting for approval, already on the first day of the war, we had already sent supplies into the hospitals,” said Sooliman.
There are Palestinian teams working with GOTG purchasing supplies inside the area, while on the second day of the war food items were bought and distributed to the people in Gaza. Sooliman said that their specialised medical equipment, medicines and general medical supplies are ready. Oxygen, anaesthetic vaporisers, medical equipment, together with medical teams and food are a priority for now.
“With the Rafah border being closed this presents a major obstacle for efficient and targeted aid delivery,” added Sooliman
GOTG have been in talks with the Egyptian Ambassador, Sherif Naguip, and has been granted an open invite to discuss their needs. Sooliman said that their priority is the safe passage from Cairo to Rafah and the opening of the border to transit through with all the essentials.
Other GOTG’s representatives in Egypt are also engaging the Egyptian authorities directly in Cairo. He explained they are hopeful that the Egyptian government will accede to their request on humanitarian grounds. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)