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Indonesia sends 34 tons of aid for Rohingya

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

[From L-R, front] Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Puan Maharani, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, and Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi walk on the tarmac as Indonesian soldiers load sacks of government food aid onto an air force C-130 aircraft, bound for Bangladesh and its cargo destined for Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta on September 13, 2017. (Agence France Presse)

UKHIYA, Bangladesh — Four Hercules planes carrying 34 tons of aid for Rohinyga refugees have departed for Bangladesh from an Air Force base in the Indonesian capital.

Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and promised significant humanitarian aid. He and other officials including his foreign minister and military chief inspected the relief operation before its departure from Halim Air Base.

Presidential spokesman Johan Budi said the planes are carrying rice, instant meals, family kits, tents, water tanks and blankets.

He said it's the first batch of aid from Indonesia following discussions with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

At least 370,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar's military responded to an insurgent attack with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels. Many of the fleeing Rohingya have said Myanmar soldiers shot indiscriminately, burned their homes and warned them to leave or die. Others said they were attacked by Buddhist mobs. (AP)

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