Jakarta (ANTARA) - The assistance that Indonesia sent for the people of Palestine in Gaza is a form of the Indonesians' solidarity, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pahala Mansury stated.

The deputy minister made the statement in a text message received by ANTARA here on Monday.

Mansury also noted that the assistance is a form of concern and hope that what is currently happening in Gaza can stop, considering that innocent Palestinian civilians have become victims.

"Thus, we hope the message can really be delivered. We hope to stop the violence that is occurring (in Gaza)," he stated.

According to Mansury, the Egyptian Red Crescent expressed its appreciation for the assistance sent by Indonesia to the people of Palestine in Gaza.

He further noted that not only the Egyptian Red Crescent but the Egyptian government and local government also expressed their appreciation for the assistance from Indonesia.

"They also expressed the highest appreciation for what has been done by the Indonesian people," he remarked.

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Mansury said that aid from other countries, such as Greece and Kuwait, had arrived at the El Arish International Airport in Egypt and was already handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent.

Earlier, President Joko Widodo, on Saturday (November 4), sent off humanitarian assistance, weighing 51.5 tons, from the Indonesian government and people for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The assistance arrived at the El Arish International Airport in Egypt on Monday at 8 a.m. local time.

The assistance will be given to Palestinians in Gaza through the Egyptian Red Crescent in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and will be transported via the Rafah border.

The assistance, which is the first batch of assistance from Indonesia, comprised food, medical equipment, tents, and blankets, among other things.

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