Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Foreign Affairs Ministry informed that humanitarian aid from Indonesia for victims of the conflict in the Gaza Strip arrived in Egypt on Monday.

Indonesian Air Force Hercules aircraft arrived at El Arish Airport, Egypt, with the aid around 8 a.m. local time on Monday.

"Thank you to the Indonesian people who have shown their solidarity with the Palestinian people. The aid has arrived at El Arish Airport and will be handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent to be taken to the Gaza border," Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pahala Mansury, who directly supervised the aid delivery, informed in a written statement released on Monday.

After handing over the aid to representatives of the Egyptian Red Crescent, the Indonesian Air Force aircraft will prepare to return to Indonesia.

The aid will be taken to Gaza via the Rafah border and will be distributed to the victims by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) — two international humanitarian agencies operating at the center of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

On November 4, 2023, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) officially sent the aid from the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta.

The humanitarian aid consists of food, medical equipment, blankets, tents, and other logistical items, weighing a total of 51.5 tons. The delivery marks the provision of the first batch of aid from Indonesia for Gaza.

The aid was transported using three aircraft, including two C-130 Hercules aircraft with tail numbers A-1327 and A-1328 from Air Squadron 31 and Air Squadron 32 of the Indonesian Air Force, as well as one chartered Boeing 737 Garuda Indonesia aircraft.

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