Jakarta – Human Initiative, a globally-reaching organization, is participating in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Palestine, in collaboration with the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance (IHA). With the support of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Human Initiative’s humanitarian aid, along with contributions from other IHA members, will be sent together with assistance from the Indonesian government this weekend.
The escalation of the conflict between Palestine and Israel since October 7, 2023, has drawn condemnation from various countries, including the Republic of Indonesia. To date, the Israeli government has launched multiple attacks on Gaza, targeting prohibited locations in the conflict. Some of these include air strikes on Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza and refugee camps in Jabalia.
Human Initiative, through IHA, in coordination with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is delivering humanitarian assistance in the form of hundreds of blankets to survivors in Palestine, which will be sent to Gaza at the end of this week. According to Detik.com, the Indonesian government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, expressed her gratitude during a press conference on Wednesday (11/1) to all humanitarian organizations that have shown solidarity with the civilian population in Palestine.
“The aid we will send is not only from the government but also from humanitarian organizations in Indonesia. I extend my heartfelt thanks to humanitarian organizations in Indonesia who have joined us in demonstrating humanitarian solidarity with our brothers and sisters,” she stated.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, explained that all humanitarian assistance reaching Gaza is in line with the needs of the survivors. She received this information directly from the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The items we are sending are in accordance with their request or needs. So, last week, we communicated with them, even in New York, and I had direct communication with the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs to obtain information about the items they needed,” she said.
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