Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on Monday morning, sent off the second batch of humanitarian aid, totaling 21 tons in weight, dedicated for Palestinian people trapped in the Gaza Strip.

"Praise be to God, today, we will send another batch of assistance, weighing 21 tons, to our brothers and sisters in Gaza using two aircraft," he remarked during the sending off ceremony of the aid at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, Jakarta.

The humanitarian aid comprises medicines, hospital tools and equipment, foods, and other goods needed by the people in the enclave currently being shelled by Israeli forces.

The president explained that the goods obtained for the second batch of Indonesia's aid for Gaza were funded by a budget totaling Rp31.9 billion (US$2.069 million) disbursed by the Finance Ministry's International Development Cooperation Fund.

He remarked that several parties also participated in the provision of the aid, such as PT Paragon Technology and Innovation and Indonesia Humanitarian Alliance as well as people donating through the National Alms Agency (Baznas) and fundraising platform kitabisa.com.

"Akin to the aid in the first batch, the aircraft will head to El Arish (Airport) in Egypt, and the assistance will be delivered (by other parties) to Gaza," he noted.

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Earlier, on November 4 of 2023, Indonesia sent a total of 51.5 tons of aid that involved medical equipment and food for the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The aid was handed over to the Red Crescent of Egypt before being delivered to conflict-hit Palestinians in Gaza by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Since Israel commenced its aggression in Gaza in early October this year, over 12 thousand Palestinians, comprising 8,300 women and children, have been killed. Meanwhile, 30 thousand people are reportedly injured.

Meanwhile, 1,200 Israelis have died since the conflict between the Palestinian Hamas and Israel erupted.

The devastating armed conflict has also led to the destruction of thousands of infrastructure and facilities, including hospitals, mosques, and churches.

The tight blockade put in place by Israeli forces has severed the supply of basic necessities, such as fuel, electricity, and water, to the Palestinian people in Gaza.

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