The Thai government has confirmed that the number of Thai nationals killed in Israel has risen to 29. PM Srettha Thavisin says the latest reports from the conflict zone show the situation is not getting any better, but rather becoming more critical.
Nation Thailand reports that the PM confirmed the latest Thai death toll prior to boarding a flight to Beijing yesterday. He is scheduled to attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing today and tomorrow.
The PM says efforts are continuing to free those still being held captive by Hamas, although with no success to date.
“There haven’t been any as of yet, but efforts are ongoing. There are moves in the right direction, but detainees have not been released.”
The PM says there are currently 6 workers who registered to return to Thailand, but are unable to reach the airport. He says the Thai embassy in Tel Aviv has been unable to reach them and there are fears they may have become caught up in a danger zone.
Srettha says all relevant bodies are making every effort possible to lay on extra flights and get as many Thai nationals out of Israel as they can. Asked about reports that some Israeli employers are forcing workers to continue working in the field, despite non-stop aerial bombardments, the PM says this is unacceptable.
The PM says he has already had a conversation with the Israeli ambassador in Bangkok, instructing her to ensure nobody is sent to work in the fields during this dangerous time. Srettha says his administration continues to monitor the situation.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand