Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin stated on Monday that the situation in Israel remained severe after the death of another Thai worker and the abduction of another. Before leaving for Beijing, China to participate in the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), Mr. Srettha spoke at Suvarnabhumi airport.
He did not provide specifics, but he did say that another Thai worker had been killed and another had been taken captive, bringing the total number of Thai deaths to 29 and the number of hostages to 18.
It was reported to the prime minister that six Thai workers who were meant to return home on the most recent aircraft did not make it. There were multiple attempts by Thai authorities to get in touch with them, but none were successful. It was assumed that they were trapped in dangerous places due to armed warfare.
On Monday morning, an A340-500 aircraft from the Royal Thai Air Force returned home with 130 Thai citizens.
Mr. Srettha stated that he would be arriving in Beijing on Monday at 4 p.m., and that at that time he would be attending a meeting at the Foreign Ministry to discuss flight logistics. In order to evacuate the about 7,000 Thais who want to return home from Israel by the end of November, he ordered them to try to arrange more flights.
When asked about the kidnapped Thais, the prime minister acknowledged that despite claims of progress in discussions, there had been no positive signals of their release.
Mr. Srettha expressed concern over the ongoing conflict and the mounting death toll of Thai employees. He had demanded that the authorities make every effort to secure the swift release of the hostages and the safe return of their families.
Mr. Srettha said he had already informed the Israeli envoy that the reported forced labour of some Thai workers by Israeli companies was unacceptable. She said she will investigate it.
In the meantime, the news that his son had been assassinated by the Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas shocked the elderly father of a Thai worker in Israel in utter despair.
Khon Kaen native Pitak Tolang, now 54, spent nearly two decades of his working life in Israel. According to sources, he was shot as he fled the Hamas attack in his car.
Pitak’s relatives verified to reporters that they had positively identified his remains, speaking to them from their house in Ban Pa Wai, Mu 11, tambon Don Du in the Nong Song Hong district of Khon Kaen.
According to the victim’s sister, Nonglak Mungmai, 52, Pitak was the third of seven children. Before moving to Israel for employment, he was married to a Thai woman but later divorced her. As a result, they doubled their family.
According to her, Pitak had a daughter named Jimmy with an Israeli lady he was married to. Two years ago, during a trip back to Khon Kaen, Pitak started dating a woman named Champi Pongtaisong, with whom he has maintained regular touch ever since.
On October 9th, my siblings and I informed our dad. He’s been in excruciating discomfort ever since. Employees told us that they found Pitak dead in his car. Mrs. Nonglak added, “The Hamas killers dragged him out of the car and onto the street.”
During their two-year romance, Ms. Champi said that Pitak phoned her every day. On October 7 at 11:23 a.m., or about 6 a.m. in Israel, was the last time they spoke by phone.
Ms Champi reported hearing gunfire and the explosions of nearby bombs throughout the whole 4-minute call. She tried to make a video call, but Pitak wouldn’t let her. Pitak soon became angry and hung up.
Mrs. Champi reported that Pitak’s Thai-born daughter subsequently contacted Jimmy in Israel to report that their father was fine.
According to “[Jimmy], he told Pitak’s family in Thailand that Hamas had killed him and even supplied images of his dead body. She said, “We approached friends and family who work in Israel to verify the report, and they all confirmed that Pitak died in his vehicle.
Photos reportedly showed that Pitak’s body had been removed from the automobile and thrown out onto the street.