Indonesia’s foreign ministry says it has not been able to contact three Indonesian students volunteering at the Indonesian Hospital.
Farid Zanzabil Al Ayubi, Reza Aldilla Kurniawan and Fikri Rofiul Haq had been helping at the hospital, which was built with donations from the Southeast Asian nation and came under Israeli attack on Monday.
Nur Ikhwan Abadi, the site manager of the hospital with the Indonesian charity the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), returned to Indonesia before the war broke out. He told Al Jazeera:
“They are good boys. Farid has memorised several juz [parts] of the Quran, while Reza and Fikri have memorised all 30 juz.
“In addition to being humanitarian volunteers, they wanted to go to Gaza to study at the Gaza Islamic University and all three of them received scholarships to study there.
“Reza went to Gaza in 2013 and has graduated from college, while Farid and Fikri went to Gaza in 2019 and were still studying when this happened.
“We have been trying to contact them all day through journalists at the hospital but can’t get through to anyone.”