Arsianews, Jakarta – The Indonesian people again showed their support for their brothers and sisters in Palestine. Through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), an Indonesian humanitarian agency, the Indonesian people intervened to deal with the severe fuel crisis in the Gaza Strip.
At the end of January, ACT distributed 100,000 liters of fuel for hospitals in Gaza. The fuel was disbursed in a gasoline truck fitted with banners that read ‘Indonesia Save Palestine, Fuel Distribution for Palestinian Hospital’s Electricity’. Along the road that was passed by the trucks in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian flag, the Indonesian flag, and the ACT flag fluttered loudly.
“ACT helps supply fuel for eight hospitals in Gaza by coordinating directly with the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza,” said Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT Global Humanity Response (GHR).
Faradiba said that the 8 hospitals that received petrol assistance were Al-Shifa Hospital, Kamal Adwan Hospital, Beit Hanoun Hospital, Al-Durra Hospital, Al-Harazeen Hospital, Shohada Al-Aqsa Hospital, Naser Hospital, and European Hospital.
“Each hospital has a different number of patients. Three of them serve more than a thousand, namely the European Hospital with 1,600 patients, Al-Shifa Hospital with 1,450 patients, and Naseer Hospital with 1,300 patients, “Faradiba said.
ACT’s action follows the warnings of the World Health Organization (WHO) which states that health services in Gaza are at stake. Fuel prices soared, while electricity supply for hospitals was increasingly limited.
WHO noted Gaza needed 500,000 liters of fuel per day for hospital electricity supplies. As a result, almost all hospitals in Gaza only rely on limited fuel assistance from a number of international donor agencies.
“After receiving fuel assistance, 8 hospitals can operate for the next two weeks. That is, the supply of fuel from the Indonesian people is able to help thousands of patients served by the hospital, “Faradiba said.