(CTN News) – According to the Thai Foreign Ministry, three more Thai nationals—Pornsawan Pinakalo, Surin Kesungnoen, and Wichian Temthong—were released from Hamas’ custody today. The number of Thai captives that have been released now stands at 17. After their release, the three were admitted to a hospital in Israel for examinations.
Along with 14 Israeli nationals, these individuals were liberated yesterday, along with a group of seventeen captives. Embassy representatives paid medical visits to the recently released Thai hostages, providing emotional support and helping them establish contact with loved ones back home.
The Thai government has released several hostages, and the foreign ministry has congratulated their families and thanked all those who had a role in the successful negotiations. Additionally, it reaffirmed the government’s resolve to free the 15 Thai nationals who are still believed to be held captive by Hamas.
According to the ministry, as soon as the initial compensation process in Israel is completed, the 17 Thai nationals released so far will be returned to Thailand.
The wonderful news was shared today by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on Twitter.
“Well done. By 8:36 p.m. local time on November 26, the three Thai prisoners had made it to the Kerem Shalom checkpoint.
According to Bangkok Post, the 61-year-old Thai prime minister said all three people were well after a first checkup and did not need emergency medical care.
In a statement, Thai Ambassador to Israel Pannabha Chandraramya noted that the Thais who were freed earlier at the Shamir Medical Centre was visited by Yossi Shelly, the director of the office of the Israeli prime minister.
After congratulating them on their safe return to Israel, Shelly commended them for their substantial contributions to Israel’s agriculture industry and informed them of the support and medical treatment they could expect from the Israeli government.
Similarly, a woman’s sorrow over the death of her partner in the Israeli raid on October 7 has turned to joy as she awaits his return. Those who have lived through a month of suspense will finally breathe a sigh of relief with the liberation of 26 hostages.