Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Indonesian-Funded Hospital in Gaza in Crossfire

Israeli tanks were positioned around a hospital complex in north Gaza where 12 Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded, the enclave’s health ministry said on Monday as fighting raged on amid indications of an impending pause in hostilities. There was no immediate confirmation from the Israeli military of the reports from the Indonesian Hospital but the Palestinian news agency WAFA said the facility had been hit by artillery fire. Like many other health facilities in embattled Gaza, the Indonesian Hospital, set up in 2016 with funding from Indonesian organizations, has ceased operations. But health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said there were about 700 people, including medical teams and wounded, inside the facility. Indonesia has denied an Israeli claim that the Indonesian hospital sits atop a network of Hamas tunnels and is located near a launchpad for rocket attacks. The hospital, situated in the north of the Gaza Strip near the fortified border with Israel, was built using Indonesian charity funds. “The Indonesian Hospital in Gaza is a facility built by the Indonesian people entirely for humanitarian purposes and to serve the medical needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza,” Indonesia’s foreign ministry said in a statement in early November. (Jakarta Post)

Norway and Indonesia Explore Renewable Energy

Oslo, Norway – Over a period of four days, from 9 – 12 October 2023, Indonesia and Norway explored the potential for business cooperation in the field of renewable energy. This activity is to accelerate the realization of Norway’s investment contribution commitment in the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) of US$ 250 million for Indonesia’s decarbonisation process. Norway is one of the countries that has committed to fund Indonesia’s JETP, which was announced during the G20 meeting in Bali in November 2022. (Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)