6 more Thai hostages back home from Gaza: foreign ministry

6 more Thai hostages back home from Gaza: foreign ministry

(Screenshot from twitter.com/MFAThai)
(Screenshot from twitter.com/MFAThai)

A second group of Thai hostages who were released by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip were brought home on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Families of the six farm workers rushed to hug their loved ones at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

"I’m glad to be back," said Owat Suriyasri, 40, thanking the governments of Thailand and Israel.

One of the returnees sustained injuries in the abdomen while being held by Hamas, according to the Labour Ministry.

Before the war, about 30,000 Thai labourers, mostly from the rural northeast, worked in Israel's agriculture sector, making them one of the largest migrant worker groups in the country.

Many went to Israel seeking higher pay to send money back home to their families where some are sole providers. So far, 9,000 Thais have been repatriated.

Hamas gunmen killed 39 Thais and abducted 32 Thai labourers during the Oct 7 attack on Israel, according to the government. Over 1,200 people were killed in the attack and more than 240 taken hostage.

The first group of 17 Thai hostages returned last week, with nine remaining in captivity.

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