The armed conflict situation occurring in the Gaza Strip is increasingly worrying, and it has caused an extraordinary number of victims. Rocket attacks, accompanied by a hail of gunfire in the Gaza Strip, according to Head of Hamas Media Office Salama Marouf as quoted from AA.com, Sunday (5/11), killed 9,500 people, including 3,900 children and 2,509 women.
The Israeli attack also caused 55 mosques, three universities, three churches and five buildings belonging to the Ministry of Endowments and Religion in Gaza to be completely destroyed. Around 16 hospitals, 32 primary care centers and 27 ambulances were damaged.
This condition is certainly very worrying for the world, including Indonesia. It is unimaginable how the Palestinian people are suffering, especially women and children who are victims of the war.
The Indonesian government and society moved quickly to condemn the Israeli attacks on Palestine. Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, in a special session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Thursday (26/10), strongly condemned Israel's attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The support of the Indonesian people was also shown by the solidarity actions of thousands of people, including national figures who gathered together at the National Monument area in Central Jakarta, Sunday (5/11).
Apart from strongly condemning Israel's attacks on Palestinians, the Indonesian people and government also sent humanitarian aids to Palestine on Saturday (4/11), which was released directly by President Joko Widodo at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta.
The government will immediately coordinate and prepare the next delivery of aids, considering the high enthusiasm of the Indonesian people to help the Palestinian people. The government through the Public Service Agency of the Ministry of Finance, namely the International Development Cooperation Fund (LDKPI) or also known as Indonesian AID, is preparing the second phase of humanitarian assistance for Palestine. It is hoped that this assistance can be sent next week, following the first stage of assistance which was carried out on Saturday (04/11).
Support from the international community, including from Indonesia, is really needed by Palestinian citizens due to increasingly heated Israeli-Palestinian tensions. This second phase of humanitarian assistance is part of Indonesia's commitment to help Palestine, as stated by President Joko Widodo when releasing the first batch of aid at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base in Jakarta.
Indonesia's support represents all elements of the nation. The government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Indonesian Military and Police, and also the community collaborated to collect various types of aid materials.
Humanitarian assistance is also an expression of the solidarity of the Indonesian people and government towards the Palestinian people who live in difficult situations. While humanitarian assistance is important, what is more important is finding a long-term solution to the conflict so that the Palestinian people can live in peace and stability.