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Aid group waits for Gaza green light

The Gift of the Givers are waiting for the go ahead from Egypt before entering the Gaza strip.

A Palestinian carries mattresses he found in the rubble of destroyed buildings on 27 July, 2014 in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gift of the Givers is waiting for the green light to head into Gaza to help with relief efforts there.

The aid group is waiting for the go ahead from Egypt before entering the Gaza Strip.

Humanitarian aid operations are being stepped up in the region following weeks of fierce fighting between Hamas and the Israeli military.

The Gift of the Givers' Imtiaz Sooliman says, "We already have all the items in our warehouse. The teams are ready, the plane is ready, the supplies are ready. We have people on the ground inside Gaza and Cairo. We are waiting for diplomatic arrangements to come through."

With the death toll from the Hamas-Israeli conflict exceeding 1,000, the UN has again called for a lasting ceasefire.

The Israeli military said it carried out three airstrikes on Gaza on Monday in response to a Hamas rocket launched into Israel this morning.

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