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Thursday, 16 November 2023 12:28

Gift of the Givers' regional office head in Gaza killed in ongoing conflict.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

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The Gift of the Givers confirmed that the organisation's regional office head in Gaza, Ahmed Abbasi, and his brother were killed on Thursday morning in the ongoing conflict.

The humanitarian aid group said Abbasi and his brother were targeted while returning from morning prayers on Thursday.

GOTG founder Imtiaaz Sooliman noted that Abbasi - a father of three - served the people of Gaza since 2013 after being appointed as the head of the humanitarian foundation in the region.

"He was our office head for 10 years, responsible for implementing multiple projects including the care of orphans, widows, the elderly and the ill. He delivered water through our desalination plants, distributed food parcels, provided hot meals and upgraded damaged homes."

Sooliman says GOTG is grateful that Abbasi served the organisation and the people of Gaza for 40 consecutive days during the ongoing war.

Abbasi tried assisting where he could on behalf of the organisation during these dangerous times.

"We are grateful that he served us for forty consecutive days during this war where the cold-blooded murder, ethnic cleansing, and genocide of a defenseless civilian population, caught up in a ghetto, took place at the hands of the anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, anti-Christian, and anti-Muslim, inhumane Zionist Israeli murderers," Sooliman said.

He said Gift of the Givers also welcomes and supports the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Qatar that South Africa has referred Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be investigated for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"Gift of the Givers fully supports the call by Ramaphosa, to haul the terrorist from Tel Aviv, Benjamin Netanyahu, in front of the ICC for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and ethnic cleansing," Sooliman said.