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NGOs urge intl. action against Israel after Indonesia-run hospital damaged in Gaza airstrikes

People sift through the rubble of a building hit by an Israeli airstrike in Dayr al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip, on May 13, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

A number of activists in Indonesia have strongly condemned the latest Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, including the one that damaged an Indonesia-run hospital, calling on the international community to take action against Tel Aviv’s crimes.

In a statement, Indonesian NGO Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) said the Indonesia Hospital, located in northern Gaza, was seriously damaged on Saturday during Israel's relentless onslaught against Gaza. 

It went on to say that other health facilities, including al-Aqsa Hospital, were also damaged after five days of incessant Israeli attacks.

“We condemn Israeli aggression on civilians in Gaza and attacks damaging health facilities protected by international law. We ask the UN, OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), and the international community to put a stop to Israel’s raging crimes,” Sarbini Abdul Murad, chairman of MER-C’s executive committee said.  

Murad further noted that MER-C is giving special attention to the extent of damage to the hospital caused by Israeli bombings, adding that it is trying to repair the damage.

“Indonesia Hospital is a contribution of the Indonesian people to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The damage deeply hurts Indonesians,” he said.

The Indonesia Hospital, which was established in 2015 and funded by MER-C, suffered serious damage on Saturday, after the Israeli military shelled the residential area around the hospital. Several photos shared online over the weekend showed busted ceilings of the hospital.

Muhammad Anshorullah, a member of Aqsa Working Group’s (AWG) executive committee, a Muslim movement for Palestine based in Indonesia, also denounced the attacks, saying the hospital symbolized Indonesia-Palestine friendship.

The AWG urges the international community to stop the Israelis and to “boycott and punish” the occupying regime, he said.

“AWG also urges world leaders, especially the UN, to make concrete efforts to return the land of Palestine to the nation of Palestine,” he added.

Indonesia is a staunch supporter of Palestine and has no diplomatic ties with the Israeli regime. 

The Israeli regime launched a relentless campaign of airstrikes against Gaza on May 9, assassinating several resistance commanders.

In response, Palestinian resistance factions have launched retaliatory strikes toward Israeli cities and settlements.  

After five days of fighting, the two sides agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that took effect on Saturday night.

At least 33 Palestinians, including 13 civilians, were killed and 147 others wounded in the latest round of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, according to Gaza’s health ministry. 

The conflict marked the worst episode of fighting between Gaza's resistance factions and the Israeli regime since a 10-day war in 2021.

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