Aid group’s mission halted

A medical doctor who was taken in for questioning for apparent links to a terrorism group could be...

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A medical doctor who was taken in for questioning for apparent links to a terrorism group could be deported by Egyptian authorities who are looking into the matter.

The emergency medical specialist from Upington was detained at the Rafah border crossing on Friday afternoon.

He was part of a team of doctors who were recruited by aid organisation Gift of the Givers to assist Palestinians caught in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza conflict.

The organisation’s Imtiaz Sooliman said the medical team would not go into <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza until their colleague was freed.

“We have to wait, we cannot go that’s why even when they say some can go some cannot go, we must not do that. They’ll split the group, they’ll weaken us. We never going to do that, we’ll stay as a group altogether that’s why I said in the beginning we’ll stay in the group no matter what happens because we have more force that way,” said Sooliman.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>