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Mission To Gaza This Time Will Meet Security Requirements - Abdul Azeez
He said the security specifications were being increased following the experience in 2011 whereby Bernama TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor died in an ambush during a KP1M humanitarian mission to Somalia.
"After that incident, many members of the opposition blamed me over his death and that is why we are further emphasising on safety aspects," he said.
He told this to reporters after attending an event organised by Umno's Welfare Bureau and Bakti (Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers) where the Prime Minister's wife and Bakti president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor handed over contributions to the families and next-of-kin of the national heroes of the Lahad Datu incident, Flight MH370 and families of military personnel.
Abdul Azeez said efforts were undwerway to collect supplies for the mission which was expected to embark to Gaza in two weeks time from this Sunday if Egypt opens its Rafah crossing to the strip.
Abdul Azeez, who is also the bureau's chairman, said if everything went according to plan the mission would be in Gaza a week before and after Aidilfitri.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today asked Abdul Azeez to make preparations to carry out the mission to bring food and medicine supplies to help the people in Gaza who have come under incessant air strikes by the Israelis.
He said orthopaedic surgeons would join the mission to render assistance.
Besides this, the Prime Minister also encouraged non-governmental organisation wanting to extend assistance to the people in Gaza to coordinate their efforts with Umno's welfare bureau.
In NIBONG TEBAL, Penang Umno Youth launched its Gaza Solidarity Fund to help the people in Gaza.
Its chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim said collection of donations would be held at three breaking-of-fast events to be organised by Penang Umno Youth in Tasek Gelugor, Balik Pulau and Permatang Pauh and that they targetted to collect a total of RM5,000.
Meanwhile, Kuantan Medical Centre orthopaedic surgeon Dr Mohamad Nor Sundari, who has joined two humanitarian missions to Gaza and will be embarking on another organised by Aman Palestine this Friday, said it would be more challenging this time as it is a war situation there now.
"I my involvement before this was after hostilities but this time the situation will be different," he told Bernama.
Dr Mohamad Nor will be joined by four other medical specialists, another orthopaedic surgeon, two anaesthesiologists and a neurologist in the mission.
They are Dr Zairul Nizam Zainol Fitri from the Senawang Specialist Centre, Dr Mafeitzal Mamat from Universiti Teknologi Mara's Medical faculty, Dr Hasbe Zuraina Abu Bakar from Columbia Hospital, Setapak here and Dr Kamarul Al-Haq Abd Ghani from the Serdang Hospital.
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