Sukabumi, West Java (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) team in Cairo, Egypt, is preparing aid supplies, such as food, blankets, medicines, and health equipment, as the second batch of humanitarian aid for the residents in Gaza, Palestine.

"This is the result of PMI's meeting with authorities of the Egyptian Red Crescent, the Palestinian Crescent, the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, and the Palestinian Hospital on December 24 at the Egyptian Red Crescent Headquarters in Cairo," team leader of the PMI Mission in Gaza, Arifin M. Hadi, stated when contacted via phone call on Tuesday (December 26).

Based on assessments and data provided at the meeting, the need for food, clothing in the form of blankets, medicines, and health equipment is a priority need for Gazans.

On a separate occasion, PMI Secretary General A. M. Fachir stated in Jakarta that the food and health assistance are expected to fulfill basic needs of the people of Gaza.

"This is our second batch of assistance following the first batch of assistance that had been distributed and consisted of family kits, hygiene kits, baby kits, masks, and health equipment through the Indonesian government that was coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," Fachir explained.

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The ongoing conflict in Gaza has caused several hospitals to lack supplies of medical equipment, medicines, and significant shortages of food and drinking water for displaced residents, medical staff, patients, and victims.

In addition, more than 14 thousand refugees have been living in the hospital vicinity for more than three weeks.

Moreover, there has been a significant increase in the number of missing people due to difficulties in rescuing victims from collapsed buildings.

In Cairo, the PMI team coordinated intensively with the Egyptian Red Crescent as the official authority appointed by the Egyptian Government to distribute aid to Gaza and the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo.

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