Gift of the Givers arrive in Gaza

The group of 10 were held back by Egypt, but have vowed to make up for lost time.

A Palestinian man pushes a bicycle past the rubble of destroyed buildings in Shejaiya on 27 August, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of relief organisation Gift of the Givers, who are currently in Gaza, say they will be putting in long hours to make up for lost time.

The 10-member team arrived in Gaza on Saturday morning after leaving South Africa on Tuesday, to provide medical relief to affected civilians.

They were stopped from entering while in Egypt.

The 10 say despite complications on their journey, they are grateful to represent South Africa.

The team says the delivery of its medical supply equipment has been delayed due to hurdles faced last week.

However, organisation chairperson Imtiaz Sooliman says the lack of supplies has not stopped the group from getting to work.

"In the morning we started off early by meeting with the Deputy Minister of Health to get feedback of what is required and where we are required to go."

The team of medical professionals were stuck at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza last week after their accreditation to enter Gaza was revoked.

Sooliman says the difficulties have encouraged the team to put in more effort in helping as many wounded civilians as possible.