MER-C’s Volunteers Arrive in Gaza Strip

Gaza, MINA – After 10 hours there was no information, the voluntary team of the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) the second Phase of construction Indonesian Hospital arrived in the Gaza Strip, Palestine on Monday, at 19.03 local time.

The team accompanied by staff of the Indonesian Embassy and escorted by the security forces, decided to continue the trip to the Rafah Border which is still around an hour away from Al Arish. The teamalso tried to get into the Gaza Strip that night.

“Examinations along the Suez and Al Arish are very numerous and strict so travel is quite time consuming. Alhamdulillah, at around 7:00 p.m., we arrived at Al Arish, as soon as there was a signal we immediately informed MER-C in Jakarta, ” said Chairman of Indonesian Hospital, Ir. Faried Thalib Faried in a text message, Tuesday.

He explained, an hour later, the Team arrived at the Rafah Border. The team immediately negotiated with officials at the border. “We continue to do our best efforts with the Indonesian Embassy,” said Faried, who is also one of the MER-C Presidiums.

Around 10:00 a.m. at the Time of Gaza, the Team was finally allowed to enter across the Rafah Border and the Gaza Strip, a country that was still blocked, the land of the Prophets, a blessed country. A place where MER-C will fulfill the next mandate from the people of Indonesia, namely the second Phase of construction Indonesian Hospital in Gaza.

Takbir and the thanksgiving expression were echoed by all volunteers. One by one the volunteers entered the Rafah gate towards the border bus which would take the team to the Gaza side Rafah gate.

Upon arrival at the location, the team was immediately welcomed by the Director of International Cooperation of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Dr. Ghazi Ahmad and Deputy Ministry of Palestinian Health in Gaza, Dr. Ashraff is and also local media.

After a simple reception but it was very warm in a room in Rafah, the team went straight to the location of the Indonesian Hospital located in Bayt Lahiya, North Gaza.

“Thank you for the prayers of the Indonesian people who have been accompanying the Team’s journey, so that finally the Team can arrive in the Gaza Strip to immediately begin the second Phase of construction Indonesian Hospital,” Faried added.

A total of 32 volunteers for the construction of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza stage 2, namely 28 volunteers from the Al-Fatah Islamic Boarding School network, while four volunteers from MER-C.

The plan is that they will be there for 1.5 years to complete the construction of an additional floor of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza.

Indonesian Hospital is a work of the Indonesian that is fully built from the donations of the Indonesian people. Located in Bayt Lahiya, about 2.5 km from the Israeli border, Indonesian Hospital is the main reference center for people in the northern Gaza Strip. (TR/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)