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Gift of the Givers opens second hospital in Syria

The organisation's founder Imtiaz Sooliman said they needed a hospital that was ‘safer’.

The Gift of the Givers opened a second hospital in Syria on 6 September 2015. Picture: @GiftoftheGivers via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Local aid organisation Gift of the Givers has opened a second hospital in Syria.

It's partnered with the Turkish Red Crescent to set up a field hospital near the Turkish border in northern Syria.

This hospital will be managed by Dr Ahmad Ghandour, our medical manager from the Darkoush Hospital. #Syria pic.twitter.com/vxsWenVbJ1

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman says, "We needed a hospital, that was 'safer', because there is no safe place in Syria and being closer to the Turkish border, we thought it may be slightly safer for the patients and the medical teams and equipment if we need to move them, which we have done on more than two occasions already."

Our 180 member medical and support staff will service both facilities. Details http://t.co/iZmEHLfSmP #Syria pic.twitter.com/zMZYBfDGyj

More than four million people have fled Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

Picture: @GiftoftheGivers via Twitter