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Taken captive: Thai field hand Sriaoun Watchara

Thai worker was taken from Nir Oz on October 7 along with 3 other field hands; 11 others slaughtered

Thai field hand Sriaoun Watchara was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Nir Oz (Courtesy)
Thai field hand Sriaoun Watchara was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023 from Kibbutz Nir Oz (Courtesy)

Sriaoun Watchara, 32, a Thai field hand, was taken captive on October 7 when Hamas terrorists swarmed Kibbutz Nir Oz, attacking, assaulting, killing and abducting dozens there during the massacre in southern Israel that saw 1,200 people murdered, mostly civilians, and 240 kidnapped to the Gaza Strip.

According to a letter sent by the kibbutz to the prime minister of Thailand and the Thai ambassador to Israel, 11 Thai workers from the Nir Oz agricultural team were slaughtered and five were abducted along with other members of the kibbutz.

Two of the abducted workers have returned safely to their families in Thailand, and three are still being held hostage: Watchara, Sathian and Pinta Nattapong.

“We respect the enormous sacrifice our Thai employees make, far away from their families, to earn a living and support communities back home. We are deeply saddened they shared our fate that day,” wrote Osnat Peri, the Nir Oz chairperson, in her letter. “We demand the immediate release of every single person abducted that day. The continued denial of medical care to wounded, sick and elderly hostages, puts their lives at risk. We will continue the fight until the last hostage is returned.”

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