Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud at Al-Yamamah Palace, Riyadh, Thursday evening, 19 October 2023. Jokowi invited the Saudis to work together to stop the escalation of the conflict in Gaza so that it does not escalate further.
“Indonesia strongly condemns Israel’s attack on Al Ahly Hospital in Gaza which resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties,” said President Jokowi during a bilateral meeting with MbS
As quoted from a statement from the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat received in Jakarta Jokowi
in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, expressed Indonesia’s concern about the increasingly deteriorating situation in Palestine. Jokowi emphasized Indonesia’s stance which strongly condemns all attacks that impact humanity in that country.
The President invited the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work together to stop the escalation in conflict areas so that it does not escalate further. Apart from that, Jokowi also encouraged the problems in the Palestinian and Israeli conflict areas to be resolved immediately in accordance with the agreed provisions.
Gaza’s health ministry said on Thursday that the Palestinian death toll from Israeli airstrikes has now reached 3,758, following Hamas’ initial attacks on Israeli cities on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
Of the total dead, 1,524 were children and 1,000 were women, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said at a press conference. Israeli casualties due to Hamas attacks reached 1,400 people.
Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza from Israeli Air Strikes Now Reaches 3,758 People
Gaza’s health ministry said on Thursday that the Palestinian death toll from Israeli airstrikes has now reached 3,758, following Hamas’ initial attacks on Israeli cities on Saturday, October 7, 2023. Of the total dead, 1,524 were children and 1,000 were women, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said at a press conference.
A total of 44 health workers were kill in Gaza while four hospitals were not functioning and 14 basic health services stopped functioning, Al-Qudra add.
“There are no medicine stocks in any hospital in Gaza,” Al-Qudra add, calling on the international community to speed up the delivery of aid to Gaza.
Delivery of humanitarian aid amid Israel’s total blockade of the Palestinian enclave is being hampere, with the closure of the Rafah border crossing, the only crossing from Egypt to Gaza not controlled by Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel state that it would not allow aid channels through its crossing with Gaza until around 200 Israeli citizens hostage by Hamas were repatriat.
Egypt will reopen Rafah, the United States said after US President Joe Biden discussed aid for Gaza with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi by telephone on Wednesday evening, while flying.
Biden told reporters that Sisi agreed to open the crossing to Gaza to make way for about 20 trucks carrying humanitarian aid.
The people of Gaza are reportedly experiencing a severe shortage of food, water, fuel, medicine and other basic necessities following a tight blockade by Israel and an airstrike that hit Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital several days ago.
Health conditions in Gaza are experiencing a crisis as hospital buildings are on the verge of collapse — unable to meet the needs of more than 13 thousand injured patients. The Israeli army has also ordered several hospitals to be evacuate, which hospital staff and management say is impossible.
Gaza’s only cancer hospital, the Türkiye-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, is threatene with ceasing operations when most facilities are close due to power outages and fuel shortages. They were also force to stop several services, such as radiology. As many as 9,000 cancer patients in Gaza cannot go anywhere else for treatment.