Thailand welcomes release of two more Thai hostages held by Hamas

Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara met Thai citizens who were released from the Gaza Strip after being taken hostage by Hamas. - Reuters

BANGKOK: Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara welcomed on Wednesday (Nov 29) the release of two more Thai hostages who had been held by Hamas in Gaza, the latest to be freed under a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas.

"Happy to personally welcome two additional Thai hostages just released and arrived at the hospital in Tel Aviv," Parnpree, who is also deputy prime minister, posted on social media platform X.

"A totally warm feeling to see how the former 17 were lining up to welcome and give moral support to the two newcomers," he said.

Nineteen Thai hostages have so far been released, while the foreign ministry says 13 more remain in captivity. There were 39 Thai nationals killed in the Oct 7 attack by Hamas.

A Thai Muslim group that spoke directly with Hamas said on Monday its efforts were key to ensuring Thai hostages were among the first to be released. A Thai foreign ministry spokesperson said multiple actors were consulted.

Before the Israel-Hamas war, about 30,000 Thai labourers worked in Israel's agriculture sector, comprising one of the largest migrant worker groups in the country.

Nearly 9,000 have been repatriated, according to the government.

The Thai citizens released are slated to return home this week as Parnpree visits Israel. - Reuters

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