THE FOREIGN Ministry said this evening (Oct. 25) another Thai worker has died in the Israel-Hamas war taking the death toll to 31, Amarin TV said.
As of last evening, aside from the additional death of a Thai worker altogether 18 were injured while it appears 19 have been taken captive with these two totals unchanged.
The ministry also said that the remains of seven Thai workers are being flown back to Thailand on El Al flight LY083 arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 10.35 a.m. tomorrow.
They deceased were named as follows:
1) Mr. Teeraphong Klangsuwan
2) Mr. Sakda Surakhai
3) Mr. Nitikorn Saewang
4) Mr. Apichat Kusaram
5) Mr. Saksit Kotmee
6) Mr. Srithat Kawea
7) Mr. Pirun Thanapim
The bodies of eight other Thai workers who died in this war returned to Thailand on Oct. 20.
Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today (Oct. 25) that he was cancelling plans to visit Israel because of its “inhumane” war against Hamas militants in Gaza, according to an AFP report published by CNA
“We had a project to go to Israel, but it was cancelled, we will not go,” Erdogan told ruling party lawmakers in parliament, adding that he viewed Hamas as “liberators” fighting for their own land.
Ankara’s relations with Israel froze over an Israeli raid on a Turkish ship carrying aid into Gaza, which killed 10 civilians in 2010.
Erdogan met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a United Nations summit in New York last month, marking an improvement in relations that began with a decision last year to reappoint ambassadors.
The Turkish leader did not say when he had intended to visit Israel, where Ankara had been eyeing joining a natural gas pipeline project promoted by the United States.
“Of course, we had good intentions, but (Netanyahu) abused them,” Erdogan said.
“If he had continued with good intentions, our relations might have been different, but now, unfortunately, this will not happen either.”
Top: Destruction from Israeli aerial bombardment is seen in Gaza City, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. File photo: AP/Fatima Shbair and published by CNA
Front Page: Israel has bombarded targets in the Gaza Strip for more than two weeks since Hamas’s deadly cross-border attacks on Oct. 7 and is poised for a widely anticipated ground offensive. Photo: AFP/Jack Guez and published by CNA