4,000 Thai workers to be moved out of Gaza Strip


BANGKOK, 25 July 2014 – The Thai Embassy in Israel is prepared to relocate over 4,000 Thai workers away from the Gaza Strip in order to ensure their safety. 

The Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv reported that 36 year-old Narakorn Kittiyangkul was severely wounded while working in a greenhouse in a southern community near Gaza. He was rushed to hospital, but ended up dying along the way. Kittiyangkul was the third civilian killed by airstrikes from the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge.

The embassy has contacted Interpol and Israeli authorities in a bid to transport his body back to Thailand. His family has been notified of his death and work benefits, where all his family members would be fully compensated by the Israeli government following his death.

The Foreign Ministry had advised Thai citizens to stop working in the area adjacent to Gaza. So far, 38 Thai workers had said they wanted to be moved to safe areas. It is estimated that around 27,000 Thai nationals work in Israel.