Jakarta, The Indonesia Post – Indonesia strongly condemns the acts of violence in Gaza, which have resulted in suffering and increasing numbers of civilian victims, including women and children.
“Indonesia also condemns Israel’s attack on Al-Ahli (Baptist) Hospital. “This is a clear violation of international humanitarian law,” said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in a video message broadcast via the Cabinet Secretariat’s YouTube account on Thursday.
Jokowi emphasized that Indonesia will not remain silent as civilian victims continue to fall and allow injustice against the Palestinian people to continue.
For this reason, Indonesia together with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) sent a strong message to the world to stop the escalation of conflict, stop the use of violence, and focus on humanitarian issues.
Indonesia, said Jokowi, also urges the world to push to resolve the root of the problem, namely Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
“Now is the time for the world to stand together to build global solidarity to resolve the Palestinian issue fairly and implement agreed international parameters,” said President Jokowi.
Jokowi, who is currently in Riyadh to attend the ASEAN-GCC Summit, promised to continue voicing the Palestinian issue, including at the summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Cooperation Council of Arab States in the Gulf Region as well as in his bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister Saudi Arabia on Friday (20/10).
Previously, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who accompanied Jokowi on his visit to Beijing, China, to attend the “Belt and Road Forum”—was sent to leave the presidential entourage first to attend the Extraordinary Meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers in Jeddah on Wednesday (18/10) .
The meeting was held in response to Israeli air attacks on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza which killed at least 471 victims and injured 342 others. (mhn/bbs)