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Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan speaks to the press during the Bumiputera Economic Congress at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on February 29, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

Malaysia working with international allies to evacuate medical team from Rafah

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — The Malaysian government is working with international partners to evacuate a stranded Malaysian medical team from Rafah, Gaza, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Wisma Putra said it “is aware of, and deeply concerned about”, the safety of the stranded Malaysian medical team, consisting of six personnel, who have been stranded in Rafah since May 1.

Wisma Putra said the team, from Mercy Malaysia’s Emergency Medical Team, is part of the World Health Organisation’s medical delegation to Rafah.

“The safety and security of the team are of paramount importance to the Malaysian government,” it said in a statement today.

Wisma Putra said the government initiated a collaboration with Qatar, building upon recent discussions led by Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan regarding joint humanitarian efforts in Gaza with Qatar State International Cooperation Minister Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater.

The ministry said it is working closely with Egypt and Jordan to explore all possible avenues for their safe evacuation from the conflict zone.

“Given the tense and extremely fluid situation, it is crucial the rescue operation is carried out efficiently and smoothly through diplomatic channels,” it said.

Due to the escalating situation in Rafah and surrounding areas, Putrajaya strongly urged all Malaysians, especially those affiliated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to refrain from travelling to the conflict zone.

“This advisory reiterates the directive issued during an inter-agency meeting with NGOs on October 16, 2023, and January 23, 2024, in Wisma Putra,” said the statement.

The ministry also reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safe return of Malaysians.

— Bernama

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