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Hamas chief expresses deep sorrow over tragic Indonesia earthquake

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Eng229GAZA (PNIC):-Political bureau chief of Hamas Ismail Haneyya extended on Sunday condolences to the Indonesian president and families who were affected by the earthquake-and-tsunami incident that struck Central Sulawesi province on Friday (Sept 28).

On behalf of the people of Palestine, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families affected by the earthquakes and tsunami that struck Indonesia, said Haneyya in his letter to the Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia during this difficult period," added Haneyya.

In his letter, Haneyya said he was deeply saddened to hear that the earthquake and tsunami inflicted massive destruction and damage on the Indonesian people and infrastructure.

He expressed hopes that Indonesia will make a quick and strong recovery from this unfortunate tragedy.

Three days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and 3-meter-high (10 foot) waves crashed onto the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the provincial capital of Palu, a city of 350,000, is in ruins.

Dead bodies covered by tarps lie in the city's streets, exposed to Indonesia's blistering heat, as rescuers search rubble for survivors buried in crumpled buildings.

Authorities planned to bury some of the 832 people confirmed dead in mass graves Monday to prevent the spread of disease, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo told Indonesian state media.

An estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the disaster, Indonesian Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Hundreds were badly injured and at least 17,000 people left homeless.

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