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Tuesday, 07 November 2023 10:04

Gaza: Indonesian Hospital Using Parking Lots to Treat Attack Victims

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VOINews, Jakarta - Medical volunteer organization Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) has reported that the Indonesian-Palestinian Hospital is using vehicle parking lots and yards to treat victims of Israeli military attacks in Gaza.


The continued influx of a large number of victims has prompted the Indonesian Hospital management to use those outdoor spaces, president of the MER-C Indonesia presidium, Farid Thalib, said in Jakarta on Monday.


During an emergency, the Indonesian Hospital has the capacity to admit up to 800 people and accommodate 235 beds.


"Meanwhile, the latest information is that the number of people being treated continues to increase, to the point where almost 5 thousand people are currently being treated in the Indonesian Hospital parking lot, including refugees," Thalib informed.


MER-C Indonesia confirmed that 60–80 percent of the victims treated at the Indonesian Hospital have consisted of children and women with moderate to serious injuries.


He said that the increase in the number of patients is expected since the Indonesian Hospital is the only mainstay health service, especially in North Gaza.


The Indonesian government has been providing consistent humanitarian support for the victims. On Sunday (November 5, 2023), it distributed 7 tons of medical equipment to Palestinians who were victims of the conflict in Gaza.


The medical equipment assistance included equipment such as emergency kits for minor surgical needs as well as food for pregnant women and children aged under five.


"This includes clothes for health workers and two washing machines, which are also needed by Indonesian Hospital," Thalib said.


Besides the reliability of medical services provided by the Indonesian and Palestinian governments, which has continued to be improved, hospital security must also be ensured for humanitarian reasons, he added.


This is because the management of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza informed that it had been attacked and bombed by the Israeli military since early October 2023, which resulted in the death of 2 workers. (Antaranews)

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