Indonesia warns citizens to avert Gaza Strip

16:21, June 03, 2010      

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Indonesian foreign affairs ministry issued travel advisory on Thursday that suggests Indonesians wishing to travel to Gaza Strip, Palestine, to cancel their plans following Israel's recent raid on an aid ship intending to help Palestinians living in the Israeli-blockaded area, local media reported.

"We do not encourage Indonesian nationals, either individuals or groups, to approach the Gaza Strip because the area is still unsafe," Teguh Wardoyo, the ministry's director for justice and protection for Indonesian nationals, was quoted by the Jakarta Post online as saying.

Palestine has been a priority to Indonesians who intend to hold pilgrimage visit to the country.

Two of 12 Indonesians onboard the Freedom Flotilla ship were badly injured after the ship was raided by Israeli troops who tried to prevent the ship carrying international aids and activists from docking in the Gaza Strip.

The Indonesian government has strongly condemned the Israeli attack over the ship that was on a humanitarian mission. It seeks international supports to assure that Israel takes responsible over the attack.

Source: Xinhua


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