Foreign Ministry: Thai nationals in Iraq remain safe despite heavy clashes


BANGKOK, 18 June 2014 – The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that no Thai nationals have been injured or killed in heavy clashes between Sunni insurgents and security forces in Iraq.

Ministry Spokesman Sek Wannamethee said the ministry had been in touch with the Thai embassy based in Baghdad regarding the developing crisis in the Middle Eastern country. Recently, jihadist militants, spearheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, prompting around 500,000 people to flee their homes.

The embassy said that the initial survey has found that all Thai citizens in the country remain safe and no one was living in war-torn areas. A total of 40 Thai nationals currently reside in the Gulf state.

The embassy added that if the fighting between both sides intensifies, Thai citizens will be given assistance and are urged to evacuate.