SA medical team return today

March 18, 2011

he 22-member team, sent to Libya by humanitarian movement the Gift of the Givers, was expected to arrive at the OR Tambo International Airport at 11am, said team leader Imtiaz Sooliman

After six days of helping casualties at the Jibabia hospital, the group was requested to leave.

“We didn’t want to leave. We were requested to because foreigners, doctors and especially journalists were being targeted and attacked in Jidabia,” Sooliman told Sapa in a telephone interview on Thursday.

He said the hospital and the city was being shut down.

“There are hundreds of casualties in the city now but no one can get in or out…We wanted to do more but there’s not much we can do.”

On Thursday, Deputy International Relations and Co-operation Minister Marius Fransman said that President Jacob Zuma would be part of an AU delegation that could travel to Libya for talks as soon as the weekend.

However ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said it was not clear whether Zuma would personally go to Libya or send an emissary. – SAPA

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