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Taken captive: Pinta Nattapong, saving up for a coffee shop

Thai worker was abducted by Hamas terrorists from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7

Thai farm worker Pinta Nattapong was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Nir Oz (Courtesy)
Thai farm worker Pinta Nattapong was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Nir Oz (Courtesy)

Pinta Nattapong, 35, a Thai farm worker, was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz by Hamas terrorists on October 7, when they launched an assault on the community, killing and kidnapping dozens of civilians.

Known as ‘Nick’ on his Facebook page, Pinta was working in the avocado fields of Kibbutz Nir Oz, saving up to pay off a debt and help his wife open a coffee shop, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

He left his wife and young son a year and a half ago to work on the avocado and pomegranate farm, according to the BBC.

On the morning of October 7, Pinta called his wife, Narissara Chanthasang, to tell her there was shooting, and that he was running away.

Pinta was one of the 32 Thai workers who were kidnapped, according to figures from Reuters.

Pinta’s sister was unable to get any details from the Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv. Seeing 23 Thai workers released in November in a separate hostage deal between Thailand and Hamas, mediated by Qatar, Iran and other nations gave Pinta’s wife, Narissara Chanthasang, fresh hope, reported the Wall Street Journal.

“I felt like my heart was being squeezed when I learned that he hadn’t been freed yet,” she said. “I will definitely go to the airport [when he returns]. Nothing will stop me.”

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