RADARTASIK.ID – The Indonesian government sent the first phase of humanitarian assistance to Palestine on Saturday, November 4, 2023, directly launched by President Joko Widodo at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta.
The government will soon coordinate and prepare for the next phase of aid shipment due to the high enthusiasm of the Indonesian people to help the Palestinian people.
”We see that there is a great deal of enthusiasm from the public, non-governmental organizations, and the business community, all of whom want to provide their assistance,” said President Jokowi after the send-off event.
”This requires coordination because delivering aid to Palestine is not an easy task. The government’s involvement makes it easier, so we are open to it, and we hope that the second phase can be initiated as soon as possible,” said President Jokowi.
President Jokowi explained that the first-phase aid would be dispatched using two Indonesian Air Force planes, totaling 21 tons, on the same day, while the remaining 30 tons would be transported by cargo plane via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport tomorrow (November 5, 2023).
The aid will be taken to El Arish Airport in Egypt after waiting in line at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
”From there, it will be brought through Jeddah, stopping to wait in line to enter El Arish. From El Arish, it will then be transported to Gaza,” he added.
The first-phase aid consists of items tailored to the needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza, including water purification systems. Additionally, medical equipment, medicines, and food items have also been sent.
In a separate statement, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi explained that Deputy Foreign Minister Pahala Mansuri would lead the first-phase aid shipment, departing with two transport planes carrying the aid.
As for the second-phase aid shipment, the Foreign Minister mentioned that the government was actively preparing, including procuring large medical equipment.