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Libya asked to waive exit visa to facilitate evacuation of Thais

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Libya asked to waive exit visa to facilitate evacuation of Thais
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PHUKET: Thailand is asking Libya to cancel its exit visa regulations in order to facilitate the evacuation of Thais living there, Manopchai Vongphakdi, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s South Asia Department, said yesterday.

He was speaking in his capacity as chief of the operation centre set up to handle the evacuation.

“The Thai Embassy in Libya has asked Libyan authorities to facilitate the exit of Thais. If they agree to waive the exit visa, the evacuation will be faster,” he pointed out.

Thailand has decided to bring all its citizens back from the war-torn country as fighting between armed groups becomes fiercer and the death toll rises.

A team of officials from the Foreign and Labour ministries as well as military doctors is scheduled to leave for Tunisia today to set up temporary offices in Tunis and Djerba to facilitate the evacuation.

The Air Force is preparing to dispatch two C-130 transport aircraft to assist moving Thai nationals from violence-plagued Libya.

Deputy Commander Air Chief Marshal Thongchai Chalaemkhet said that the pilots, crew, and government officials have already prepared travel routes and evacuation plans.

The air force has prepared two C130s, which are available for immediate departure, if asked, with the aircrafts planning to land in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is awaiting final instructions from the Foreign Ministry, he said. The C130 aircraft could only carry up to 100-120 passengers per trip.

Other countries including the United States, India and Canada are also evacuating their nationals.

Manopchai said Tunisia had agreed to set up a special centre at its border to deal with the influx of evacuees.

The first group of Thais to be evacuated will comprise of 11 students from the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which is considered to be the most dangerous. The group will travel to Tunisia by land before boarding a flight to Bangkok from Tunis.

This evacuation plan is different from a similar exodus in 2011, when evacuees left Libya by sea, Manopchai said. At that time, there were large numbers of Thai and foreign workers and the mission was urgent.

Also, this time, some 1,500 Thai workers need to be brought back from different parts of Libya, so it will take time.

Manopchai said the Labour Ministry would help follow up on the compensation for the evacuated Thai workers in accordance with relevant labour laws.

Those seeking more information on the evacuees can call the centre at (02) 643 5259, (02) 644 7255 or fax (02) 643 5522.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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20 people arrested at Pattaya restaurant for allegedly violating alcohol ban

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Thailand News Today | Releasing 50,000 prisoners, Covid sniffer dogs, bungled kidnap | May 18

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Following an abortive attempt at a kidnap for ransom at the end of March, 3 people are currently under arrest, National vaccine rollout could finally get underway next week, pecially trained sniffer dogs will soon be deployed on the streets of Bangkok to sniff out cases of Covid-19 infection, Koh Samet reopening to visitors after being closed for 3 weeks and Local fishermen have found space debris, possibly from a satellite or parts of a used launch rocket.

 

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Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts

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Bangkok residents living in any of the 16 districts in the capital with active Covid-19 clusters are being advised to strictly follow disease control measures. Spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin made the warning during today’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration briefing.

In the latest wave of Covid-19 infections, more than 28,000 cases have been reported in Bangkok. Taweeslip says there have been 29 clusters. 8 of those outbreaks have been controlled while the other 21 clusters are still active.

Some of the clusters include…

  • Construction workers’ camps in Khlong Toey, Laksi and Watthana
  • Khlong Toey slum communities
  • Huai Khwang market
  • Prisons in the Chatuchak district

The outbreak at a construction site in Laksi is one of the largest clusters with 885 cases reported yesterday and another 1,107 cases were confirmed today.

Active Covid-19 clusters reported in 16 Bangkok districts | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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