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Patient influx at AIF Gaza hospital

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The Al Imdaad Foundation (AIF) reports that its hospital in Gaza has been at the forefrunt of providing medical assistance to Palestinians caught in the attacks by Israel. Initially the hospital was an all female health care centre however, since Israel’s offensive, it has opened its doors to all Palestinians.

The Foundation’s Qari Ziyaad Patel said that the hospital last received medical supplies before the month of Ramadaan and will shortly need new stock as casualties and fatalities rise in Gaza.

“There is currently no empty bed in the five-storey hospital however, we have not turned anyone away. Alhamdulilah the hospital has been spared during recent attacks and will continue assisting the injured and wounded,” Patel said.

Other hospitals such as the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza has not been as lucky and has been struck by military airstrikes.

However, Patel said the foundation has been failing at attempts to gain access to the hospital since Israel’s offensive has escalated to its fourth week.

“We are still trying to get more supplies to the hospital but it is tough. We are however in contact with our representatives on the ground and receive daily updates of what is happening in the surrounding areas. These stories are heartbreaking,” Patel added.

Through generous donations from the community, the foundation will be able to supply the hospital with much needed medical equipment and material to treat hundreds of Palestinians.

“We guarantee that any moneys donated to Gaza will makes its way there. Our food drives are still going ahead without any glitches. The Foundation is able to feed hundreds of hungry families in Gaza. Donations will not only go toward the hospital but other areas of humanitarian aid as well,” Patel said.

For more information on donations contact Patel on 082 786 7755. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)

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