GAZA: Indonesian doctors have called on medics worldwide to stand up for health workers in the Gaza Strip in the wake of Israeli airstrikes on hospitals in the besieged territory, Arab News reported on Friday.
Over 1,000 participants joined a virtual forum “Time to Scream to the World: Stop Genocide” organized by the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee and asked for a global action to stop genocide in the Gaza Strip.
MER-C is an Indonesian group that funds Hospital in northern Gaza, one of the few health facilities still holding the line to save precious lives despite the daily airstrikes that started on October 7.
Israeli brutal airstrikes on civilian population have since killed over 11,470 people including children and women, and injured tens of thousands.
Among the dead are health workers including doctors, nurses and paramedics, who for the last three weeks have been targeted alongside their family members despite being protected by the international law as per Geneva Convention.
Indonesian Doctors Urge Global Action to Stop Genocide in Gaza
MER-C head Dr. Sarbini Murad told the forum that they are praying for all the victims, and particularly the 202 paramedics and medics killed while serving humanity in Gaza. He paid tribute the health workers at Al-Shifa Hospital, at the Indonesia Hospital for their extraordinary work in the Gaza Strip despite threats to their lives as Israel will not spare them as well,”.
He asked health workers worldwide and especially in Indonesia to not be silent over the brutalities carried out by Israeli forces against doctors and paramedics in Gaza.”
In an open letter, the Indonesian associations of health workers said that about 22 hospitals and around 49 health centers in Gaza have stopped operations due to Israeli assaults, which are in violation of the global law and first Geneva Convention and the additional protocols of 1977.
“We appeal the United Nations and the global organizations to take solid and urgent measures to prevent Israeli strikes on medical facilities and staff in the Gaza Strip and restore medical services immediately,” the letter read.