SIDOARJO, NNC -- The Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip resulted in damage to the Indonesian Hospital in Bayt Lahiya. The Israeli action was immediately condemned by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo when he was in Sidoarjo, East Java, Sunday (10/28/2018).
The Indonesian Hospital in Bayt Lahiya has been operating since 2012. The hospital was established by a number of Indonesian solidarity institutions for Palestine, with funding from the Indonesian people.
"Yes, we know the hospital was damaged and Indonesia strongly criticized the Israeli attack on October 27 because it not only damaged the hospital but also the surrounding area," emphasized Jokowi.
Jokowi added that Indonesia up to now has firmly and consistently supported Palestinian independence.
"Indonesia will always be behind Palestine in fighting for its independence, there is no word back!" Jokowi said.
For information, Israel launched an attack on the Gaza Strip on Saturday (10/27). This attack was claimed as a retaliation for Hamas militant rocket attacks into Israeli territory since last August.