Gift of the Givers en-route to Gaza with 16 tons of emergency medical supplies

AUGUST 27, 2014

South African humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, is reportedly en-route to Gaza with 16 tons of emergency medical supplies valued at R15 million.

Gift of the Givers was last week granted entry into Gaza with medical teams, equipment and ambulances.

According to founder and director Imtiaz Sooliman, the medical teams departed OR Tambo International Airport last night (Tuesday) for Egypt, from where they will connect to Gaza.

“Items donated by American NGOs to Gift of the Givers will also be released from Cairo customs into our possession [on Wednesday]. The team will enter Rafah in the afternoon and the supplies will follow a day later,” he said.

Sooliman thanked the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for securing permission from the Egyptian government for Gift of the Givers teams and supplies to cross the Rafah border into Gaza.

Gift of the Givers has delivered R4 million worth of supplies inside Gaza since 8 July.

The United Nation estimates that the latest wave of violence, which began eight weeks ago, has killed 2 101 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, in addition to forcing 475 000 Palestinians to seek refuge at UN facilities inside Gaza.

Photo caption: Gift of the Givers founder Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman. Photo courtesy of capebod.org.za.