Sister of released Thai hostage: ‘His face was very happy, he seemed OK’

The Thai citizens released from Hamas captivity are seen with Thai officials in Israel on November 25, 2023. (Courtesy)
The Thai citizens released from Hamas captivity are seen with Thai officials in Israel on November 25, 2023. (Courtesy)

Roongarun Wichanguen, the sister of 33-year-old Thai hostage Vetoon Phoome, expresses joy and disbelief that he is coming home. She says she thought he had been killed by Hamas.

On a video call, “his face was very happy, and he seemed okay,” she says, adding he told her he “was taken care of very well. It looks like he just stayed in a house, not the tunnel.”

Alongside 13 Israelis, 10 Thai and one Filipino national were also released from Gaza last night after 49 days in captivity.

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