Suara.com – Indonesian Mer-C volunteer, Fikri Rofiul Haq told about the conditions in the northern Gaza Strip, before he was evacuated to the southern Gaza area.
Fikri said that when he was evacuated, there were still many bodies of Palestinians who had not been buried.
According to him, many bodies of victims of the Israeli military genocide were abandoned because surviving family members had been evacuated first to refugee camps.
The process of evacuating survivors was carried out by the Red Cross. The evacuation was divided into three days, namely Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Fikri himself was evacuated on the last day, namely last Wednesday (22/11/2023).
“When we evacuated to South Gaza, many victims had not been buried, because their families and so on had fled,” said Fikri to Suara.com via short message, Tuesday (28/11/2023).
Portraits of 3 Indonesian MER-C volunteers who are still remaining in Gaza, Palestine and have reportedly lost contact, namely Fikri Rofiul Haq, Reza Aldilla Kurniawan, and Farid Zanzabil Al Ayubi. (Twitter/@mercindonesia)
The conditions at that time were very tense, because the Indonesian Hospital was surrounded by tanks belonging to the Israeli Zionist army.
Several times the Israeli army also launched attacks on the hospital, killing 12 people there.
“In the last 10 days before we were evacuated, conditions were really tense, tanks had started to enter the Gaza Strip around the Indonesian Hospital and several times they attacked the Indonesian Hospital on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and so on,” said Fikri.
Fikri said he chose to be evacuated on the last day because he prioritized hospital patients who were injured.
Officers bury the bodies of Palestinians in a mass grave at the Khan Yunis cemetery, southern Gaza, Wednesday (22/11/2023). (Mahmud HAMS/AFP)
“We were the last to be evacuated because we prioritized the injured,” he concluded.
Previously, Fikri and two other Mer-C volunteers, namely Reza Aldilla Kurniawan, and Farid Zanzabil Al Ayubi lost contact for 11 days while carrying out humanitarian action at the Indonesian Hospital.
After being found safe, the three Indonesian citizens have now been evacuated to South Gaza. Rifki and his two colleagues now live at a school near the European Hospital.