Efforts to secure 23 Thai hostages from Hamas ramps up

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Efforts are underway to secure the release of 23 Thai nationals currently held captive by Hamas militants, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin reassured the public on Monday. The Bangkok-born prime minister affirmed their safety following confirmation from General Songwit Noonpakdee, the chief of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

PM Srettha shed light on the situation on November 6 when he mentioned receiving assurances from Gen. Songwit the previous evening that all 23 Thai hostages were safe. The high-ranking military officer had viewed images of the hostages, confirming to the Thai prime minister their wellbeing.

Gen. Songwit is currently involved in negotiations with Hamas through Malaysia, aiming to secure the release of the Thai captives. He hopes to establish a ceasefire that could last one or two days. This temporary suspension of military activity would provide an opportunity for the Thai captives to be safely escorted out of the Gaza Strip.

In related news, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, announces Qatar, Egypt, and Iran’s commitment to negotiating the safe return of Thai hostages held during the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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Diplomatic discussions with senior officials in these countries focused on securing the release of Thai citizens. These workers have no political involvement in the conflict and mainly work in agriculture, sending earnings back to their families. Qatar, Iran, and Egypt pledged their support and requested Thailand’s assistance in a ceasefire.

The 61 year old Thai PM confirmed that 20 hostages are safe and being relocated while negotiations continue. Thai officials are also working on repatriation plans for the citizens.

The death toll stands at 32 with 19 injuries, and one additional Thai worker has been identified as a hostage, bringing the total to 23. Read more about the story HERE.

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