6 June 2024

As many as 12 Thais may have been killed in the Hamas attack on Israel, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Jakkaphong Sangmanee in his post on X Sunday night.

He said that Israeli officials have confirmed the deaths of two Thai nationals, but Israeli employers claim that ten more Thai workers were killed, but no details about their identities are available so far.

He also said that eight Thais were injured, two of them seriously and 11 have been abducted.

Three of the Thais abducted have been identified as Anucha Angkaew, a resident of Udon Thani, Natthaporn Onkaew, a native of Nakhon Phanom and Ovart Suriyasri.

The parents of Anucha told the media yesterday (Sunday) that their son had been working in Israel for almost two years, earning about 50,000 baht per month.

The mother said she learned from relatives in Bangkok that Anucha is being held captive by Hamas and pleaded with authorities to secure his safe return.

The parents of Natthaporn said that they last spoke with their son on Friday night, adding that he has been working in Gaza for almost two years and is also earning about 50,000 baht a month.

Ovart’s wife said she last spoke with her husband on Saturday night. He said that he heard gunshots and then the line went dead. She subsequently learned from her husband’s relatives that he had been kidnapped.