The Thai PM has ordered an investigation into a video that appears to show Hamas militants taking a Thai citizen to hospital. The Bangkok Post reports that Srettha Thavisin has instructed the Foreign Affairs Ministry to look into the CCTV footage.
The order comes after the Israeli Defence Forces published video footage and still images seemingly showing Hamas militants bringing a Nepali and a Thai to the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, following the October 7 attack on Israel.
The footage shows the victims, who are bleeding and seemingly badly injured, being carried on hospital gurneys. One person with a wounded arm can be seen being taken into the hospital through the main entrance and forced through the building, while a second person is dragged inside.
Daniel Hagari, spokesperson for the IDF, says the Israeli intelligence officers who found the clip are part of an operation aimed at finding hostages being held by Hamas. Hagari says Hamas may have been taking the two people for medical treatment prior to moving them to a new hiding location.
However, the Gaza Health Ministry, run by Hamas, has cast doubt on whether the CCTV footage or images are genuine.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s foreign affairs ministry remains optimistic that the Thai person in the footage is still alive. Spokeswoman Kanchana Patarachoke adds that talks to secure the release of the hostages are ongoing.
“The government still has high hopes of them being safely released.”
SOURCE: Bangkok Post