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10 injured in South hospital bombing
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PHUKET: Ten people, including three defence volunteers, were injured yesterday in a motorcycle bomb attack at Pattani’s Khok Pho Hospital, while a subsequent fire damaged dozens of motorcycle parked nearby.

The hospital’s director said this was the restive region’s first attack on a hospital compound, while police suspect insurgency sympathisers carried out the 9.30am bombing in the hospital’s parking lot for motorcycles.

After firefighters managed to put out the fire in 30 minutes, Pattani police chief Pol Maj-General Phothi Suaysuwan led a forensic and bomb disposal police team to inspect the scene and collect evidence.

He said the 10-kilogram bomb was hidden in a Honda Wave motorbike that had been reported stolen from Nong Chik district on January 20.

Police believe the bomb was aimed at some defence volunteers stationed at a roadside pavilion 10 metres from the parking lot. The three wounded defence volunteers were identified as Rohimee Binpa, Muhammad Kade and Sulkifi Mohsu.

“I’ve been in the region for 25 years, and this is the first time that a hospital has been bombed,” hospital director Dr Udomkiat Pulsawat said. “I’m very puzzled because according to international rules, nobody is allowed to bomb a hospital.”

However, since the area is a declared “safety zone”, he believed the defence volunteers at a roadside pavilion near the hospital were the real target.

Udomkiat said the hospital would implement tighter security measures, adding that police were checking CCTV camera footage from the hospital’s only entrance for suspects.

Meanwhile, Pattani Governor Wittaya Panichpong yesterday presented Bt6.6 million in compensation to 14 people affected by the May 24 unrest in the province. The fateful night saw some 20 bomb attacks that killed three people, wounded 50 others and damaged 14 electric poles.

As of yesterday, the situation appeared to be returning to normal, except for an impassable road in tambon Taluboh and a blackout at tambon Bana, with electricity being restored by 4pm.

Work on the railway bridge in Narathiwat’s Rangae district’s tambon Tanyongmas, which was bomb-ed on May 14, is nearly 75 per cent complete and will be reinforced and strengthened with metal sheets to make it stronger. Train services in the South will resume on June 1.

Meanwhile, Ban Moo 8 headman Abraheng Beuraheng was shot dead in a market in Yala’s Yaha district yesterday morning. The victim and his wife were shopping when two young men approached from behind and shot Abraheng in the back of the head before fleeing with the victim’s pistol.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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‘Safe zone’ in Thailand for refugees fleeing Myanmar violence

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Due to the ongoing violence between the Myanmar military and ethnic troops, the Thai military has set up a “safe zone” for thousands of refugees in Mae Hong Son near the Salween River, the natural border between Thailand and Myanmar.

The prominent armed wing of the Karen National Union has openly supported the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, leading to clashes with the military junta. Recently, the Karen National Liberation Army reported took over a military outpost near the Thai border. Those just across the Salween River in Thailand said they could hear the gunshots and explosions.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Kongcheep Tantravanich says shelter and humanitarian assistance are being provided for around 2,200 people who have fled Myanmar.

Kongcheep says the “safe zone” is under tight security and only those authorised can enter. There are strict health and disease control measures are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

His statement comes after the local civil rights group People of Salween River Basin Network called on the Thai government not to push refugees back, claiming that Thai soldiers had been ordered to tell the refugees to return to their home country due to a potential negative impact with border trade.

They say the Myanmar military has been carrying out airstrikes on Karen army bases and many Karen villagers fear for their safety.

Mae Hong Son governor, Sitthichai Jindaluang, also told a United Nations representative last week that refugees have been given shelter and assistance.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Covid UPDATE: 1,630 new cases and 22 deaths, provincial totals

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1,630 new Covid-19 cases and 22 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. There are now 29,376 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 85,005 Covid-19 cases and 421 Covid-related deaths.

Out of the 22 deaths, most of the patients had chronic illnesses. Many contracted the virus from family members or close friends.

Most of the new cases were detected in Bangkok, particularly in districts with crowded communities and markets. While cases in Bangkok continue to be high, CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says the number of new cases in most other provinces in Thailand is decreasing.

Health officials are rolling out proactive case finding campaigns in several high-risk communities, testing 9,000 to 10,000 per day, Nopakun says, adding that officials are working to provide the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 and are asymptomatic must stay at an official field hospital for 14 days and then self-isolate at home for another 14 days.

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Thailand donates cash, equipment to Laos to help combat Covid-19 outbreak

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With Laos, just north of Thailand, under lockdown measures to control a spike of Covid-19 infections, the Royal Thai Embassy to Laos helping the country combat the outbreak and has donated cash and materials valued altogether at more than 16 million baht.

While cases have remained low in Laos since the start of the pandemic last year with active cases typically under 10, there was a spike in cases in mid-April and active cases are now at 1,302. The country reported its first coronavirus-related death yesterday.

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Active Covid-19 cases in Laos as of 9 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

Donations from Thailand help supply mobile biosafety labs to conduct swab Covid-19 testing and beds for Covid-19 patients as well as protective equipment such including 50,000 medical masks and more than 2,000 Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, outfits.

An order of supplies valued at 8.5 million baht is set to be delivered by the end of the month. That order will have 2,000 more PPE outfits, Covid-19 test equipment, DNA/RNA extraction kits, and 2,500 test kits. Other equipment provided by Thailand include a defibrillator, patient monitoring machine, infrared thermometers, oxygen regulators, and pulse oximeters.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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