The dead toll from the Hamas attacks on citizens from Thailand in Israel has risen to 28, with another 16 Thais wounded and another 17 abducted. The Thai embassy in Israel reported 28 deaths, 17 kidnappings, and 16 injuries on Sunday.
The embassy has received paperwork from 7,540 Thai nationals, of which 7,446 desire to return home and 94 intend to remain in Israel.
Thailand’s Labour Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn accompanied a delegation of top ministry officials to the SC Park Hotel in Bangkok to meet with the third set of 90 Thai workers.
On Sunday morning, the 88 men and 2 women workers who had been in Israel boarded a commercial flight back to the United States. The relatives were waiting for them at the hotel in the Wang Thong Lang district when they arrived on chartered buses from U-tapao international airport in Rayong province.
On Monday between the hours of 5 and 6 a.m., Mr. Pipat added, another batch of 137 Thais will return home via Air Force aircraft. According to the ministry, they would fly into Don Mueang.
Mr. Pipat reported that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin was worried about securing more planes for the repatriation plan beyond the flights the administration has organised with some airlines.
Both Noke Air and Thai AirAsia have agreed to assist in organising two flights for repatriation. The military and Thai Airways International will each organise a repatriation flight.
Due to the fact that many workers abandoned their passports in their haste to reach safety in bunkers, the ministry has only been able to repatriate 200 Thai workers so far.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is getting ready to issue 8,000 emergency passports. Mr. Pipat predicted that in the next three to four days, authorities would be able to return home 400 Thais per day.
While the Foreign Affairs Ministry has dispatched ten officials to the region, the Labour Ministry has sent five former Israeli residents to assist Thai workers there.
Mr. Pipat has stated that the return of about 7,000 Thai citizens who have applied to do so could occur as early as next month.
On Sunday, Thai Minister of Justice Thawee Sodsong expressed his sadness at the rising death toll from Hamas assaults in his country, which he said now stands at 20.
During a meeting with Thai returnees at the SC Park Hotel, Pol Col Thawee assured them that the government hoped all Thai workers could return home safely and would do everything in its power to assist the abducted.
Thai’s Warned over protests in France
Meanwhile, after Friday’s knife attack at a public school, the Thai embassy in Paris has issued a warning to Thai nationals residing in France to avoid congested areas and tourist attractions.
Saturday marked the deployment of the advisory to the embassy’s website.
In response to Friday’s knife attack at a public school in Arras, northern France, the French government has raised the national threat alert to its highest level, according to the embassy’s post.
The French government issued an emergency evacuation order on Saturday, directing individuals to vacate significant tourist attractions including the Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, and others, following information that the areas might have been the target of explosives.
According to the embassy, Thai nationals in France should avoid congested areas and tourist attractions during this time, as well as verify the hours of operation of various significant locations and travel routes. Additionally, they must closely monitor the situation and adhere precisely to directives from French authorities.
The assault, purportedly executed by a former pupil under suspicion of Islamic radicalization, resulted in the fatality of an educator and the injury of multiple individuals.
Citizens may contact the Thai embassy during an emergency at +33 6 03 59 97 05 or +33 6 46 71 96 94.