June 18, 2024

Indonesia sends second help cargo to Gaza, pledges continued assist for Palestine

JAKARTA: President Joko Widodo pledged continued assist for Palestine on Monday as he despatched off the second consignment of Indonesian humanitarian help for Gaza.

Widodo oversaw the dispatching of help from the Halim Perdanakusuma army airport in Jakarta, alongside his cupboard ministers, together with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Well being Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

“I reiterate as soon as once more that Indonesia will proceed to assist the battle of the Palestinian individuals,” Widodo mentioned in a press convention.

Two army plane will carry the second batch of help, comprising 21 tons of drugs, meals, hygiene package, blankets, mattresses, and medical tools for hospitals. Indonesia’s first consignment of humanitarian help was dispatched on Nov. 4.

Widodo famous that help gadgets had been chosen “primarily based on the wants of the individuals in Gaza” and had come from the federal government and the individuals.

“In addition to humanitarian help, Indonesia may even give continued political assist for Palestine,” he mentioned. “The Indonesian international minister may even be visiting a number of nations to rally assist to finish the atrocities in Gaza, to implement a ceasefire as quickly as doable, and for humanitarian help to be allowed via to assist our brothers in Gaza.”

Widodo and his international minister, Retno Marsudi, have prior to now month actively advocated for Palestine of their worldwide engagements, together with throughout the president’s assembly with US President Joe Biden final week, the place he urged Washington to “do extra” to finish the atrocities in Gaza.

Marsudi was in Beijing on Monday with a delegation of Arab and Muslim ministers, together with Saudi International Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan. They’re on the primary leg of a tour to satisfy officers representing every of the 5 everlasting members of the UN Safety Council to push for an finish to the hostilities within the devastated Palestinian enclave.

Not less than 13,000 Palestinians have been killed since Israel started its each day bombardment of the already besieged enclave on Oct. 7, in retaliation for an assault by the Gaza-based militant group Hamas.

Two-thirds of the useless are ladies and kids, in response to the UN, whereas Palestinian well being authorities estimate that hundreds of individuals are nonetheless buried beneath the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli bombs.

Indonesia has lengthy been a staunch supporter of Palestine, with its authorities seeing Palestinian statehood as mandated by their very own structure, which requires the abolition of colonialism.

“I’m very glad to see that our nation is supporting and facilitating humanitarian help (for Gaza),” Indonesian actress Shireen Sungkar instructed reporters. “Now we pray that our efforts will arrive there safely identical to the primary help cargo that they’ve fortunately obtained.”

Fadil Jaidi, one other Indonesian public determine, was grateful to his fellow Indonesians for contributing to the trigger.

“Might this be of assist to our brothers and sisters in Palestine,” he mentioned.