SA doctor questioned at Gaza border

A South African doctor has been taken in for questioning at the Rafah border-crossing between Egypt and...

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A South African doctor has been taken in for questioning at the Rafah border-crossing between <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">Egypt</country-region> and <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The doctor is part of a team of local medical personnel en route to <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza with a consignment of humanitarian aid, destined for the war-torn Palestinian region.

Egyptian police did not give reasons why the doctor was taken in but it is understood that he was arrested on suspicion of terrorism in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pakistan</country-region> several years ago.

However, he had since been cleared.

Aid organisation Gift of the Givers said they were concerned by the delay and that the Palestinians, who had sustained injuries during the conflict, needed urgent medical attention.