Death toll of Thais killed in Hamas onslaught rises to 24

Relatives of Thai nationals working in Israel speak to Thai media at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on October 12, 2023. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP)
Relatives of Thai nationals working in Israel speak to Thai media at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on October 12, 2023. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP)

Three more Thai nationals have died following the massive Hamas assault last week on Israeli border communities, bringing the death toll to 24, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin says.

“I have been informed that there are three more people who died, making it a total of 24,” Srettha tells reporters.

Two additional Thai nationals have been wounded, the Thai foreign ministry says, bringing the total to 16.

There are also 16 Thais believed to be held hostage by Hamas.

Kanyarat Suriyasri, the wife of a hostage, urged the Thai government to do everything to bring her husband home safely.

“I just want my husband back. I just want to hug him,” she tells AFP, in Si Sa Ket province in the country’s northeast.

About 30,000 Thais are working in Israel, mostly in the agriculture sector, according to the kingdom’s labor ministry.

 

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