Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha released statements expressing concern and pain over the violence in the Gaza Strip as recent explosions injured a Thai citizen. Thailand has a quota for farm laborers working in exchange in Israel, with about 250 workers traveling to Israel each week on charter flights. 3,100 Thai workers already work in Israel.
Among the Thai workers is Sitthichok Nanam, a 24-year-old man from Udon Thani who was injured this week in the Gaza Strip by an explosion launched by Hamas. No details of the nature of his injuries have yet been released, although he has already undergone treatment at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva. The Thai man had been working in Israel since June 2017.
The Royal Embassy of Thailand in Tel Aviv passed the information to the Ministry of Labor who contacted his family in Udon Thani to update him on the situation. The ministry has also asked for money to care for the injured Thai and to help other workers who may need assistance.
The conflict has escalated in the region as Israeli and Palestinian police recently clashed over Muslims who gathered in Damascus Gate for iftar, the evening meal after fasting daily during the holy month of Ramadan. This comes on top of balloon bombs and dozens of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip to Israel last week and escalating local clashes.
Premier Prayut weighed in on the international issue as it affects the citizens of Thailand working near the Gaza Strip and in the region. He added his concern to a recent statement released by Thailand regarding the escalating violence in the area.
“Thailand is deeply concerned about the violence in Israel and Palestine and strongly urges all interested parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any provocative action that could aggravate the situation and cause further casualties of innocent civilians and damage to heritage sites. Thailand also expresses its sympathy and sympathy with those affected by the violence “.