Civilians who are victims of violence between Israel and Hamas continue to arrive at Indonesian hospitals in North Gaza.
The Indonesian non-governmental organization Medical Emergency Rescue Committee-C (MER-C), which owns the hospital, said at a press conference on Tuesday (10/10) that plans to strengthen medical facilities in Gaza by sending surgeons and volunteers were underway.
Chairman of the Presidium of MER-C Indonesia, Dr Sarbini Abdul Murad, said in Jakarta, “We consider it necessary to send a surgical team and humanitarian volunteers to Gaza, Palestine. “Therefore, we will immediately coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo to facilitate (sending) a medical team and surgical team to Gaza.”
Sarbini said that government assistance was highly expected for the smooth running of MER-C efforts. “We are not only sending humanitarian aid, but also preparing to build a specialist clinic at the Indonesian hospital. “Therefore, we ask the government to help us in facilitating this team to immediately enter Gaza,” he added.
Hamas, the Palestinian Muslim group that controls Gaza, launched a surprise attack on Israel last Saturday, killing at least 900 people and kidnapping dozens of hostages in its deadliest attack in decades.
Israel then launched air strikes on Gaza. The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 687 Palestinians had been killed and 3,726 injured as a result of Israeli airstrikes in the blockaded enclave since Saturday. (ab/uh)