Speaking at a meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House, Mr Widodo said this is a humanitarian issue that requires global solidarity and leadership to resolve, according to Reuters.
A US official said President Biden asked Jakarta to play a bigger role in the Middle East, but did not provide further details. The US leader called on Israel to exercise greater restraint in its military activities, while also calling for an end to the conflict for humanitarian purposes.
On November 13, Mr Biden stressed that hospitals must be protected amid clashes around al-Shifa hospital, the Gaza Strip’s largest.
US President Joe Biden (right) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the White House on November 13. Photo: Reuters
Meanwhile, Mr. Andrea Di Domenico, a senior official at the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that trucks carrying aid to the Gaza Strip may stop running from 14 April 2011 due to fuel shortages.
This situation becomes a matter of survival even in hospitals, where generators are needed to operate many equipment, including respiratory support systems.
Another matter of concern at this time is that hostile actions along the Lebanon-Israel border are causing increasing casualties on both sides.
Additionally, according to reuters, The escalating war of words has raised fears of a broader conflict between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon. The US confirmed that it does not want the conflict to spread to the Middle East, and sent two aircraft carriers there to prevent Iran from becoming involved in the crisis.