THE Thai Foreign Ministry today (Oct. 29) criticised the showing of a gruesome video of a Thai being brutally killed by a Hamas fighter at the UN General Assembly last Thursday, Naewna newspaper said.
Israel’s UN envoy Gilad Erdan showed the 193-member General Assembly the brief video that he said showed a Hamas fighter trying to decapitate a man with a garden tool during the Palestinian militants’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
He told diplomats the victim seen in the few seconds of footage he played for them on a tablet was not Israeli or Jewish, but an agricultural worker from Thailand.
“One can see a terribly injured civilian – bloodied, yet alive – laying on the ground as a Hamas savage screaming Allahu Akbar repeatedly pummels the man’s neck with a garden hoe in order to decapitate him,” Erdan told the assembly.
In stating its position, the ministry said this video is extremely disturbing not only for Thai people but also others around the world.
The ministry added that it was deeply saddened upon being informed about this clip and disagrees with publishing it as doing so shows no respect for the deceased and his family.
The ministry also condemned the killing of innocent people regardless of what nationality, which side they support and for whatever reason.
It added that it is greatly perturbed by 32 Thais having died in the Israel-Hamas war and 19 each injured and taken captive, with this being the latest figures obtained yesterday, and called for the immediate release of hostages of all nationalities.
Meanwhile thousands of people broke into aid warehouses in Gaza to take flour and basic hygiene products, a UN agency said today, in a mark of growing desperation and the breakdown of public order three weeks into the war between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, according to an AP report published by CTV News
Tanks and infantry pushed into Gaza over the weekend as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a “second stage” in the war, three weeks after Hamas launched a brutal incursion into Israel. The widening ground offensive came as Israel also pounded the territory from air, land and sea.
Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll among Palestinians has passed 8,000 — mostly women and minors — with even higher casualties expected on both sides as Israel presses its ground offensive.
The bombardment over the weekend — described by Gaza residents as the most intense of the war — knocked out most communications in the territory late Friday, largely cutting off the besieged enclave’s 2.3 million people from the world. Communications were restored to much of Gaza early Sunday.
The Israeli military said today it had struck over 450 militant targets over the past 24 hours, including Hamas command centres, observation posts and anti-tank missile launching positions. It said more ground forces were sent into Gaza overnight.
Thomas White, Gaza for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, said the warehouse break-ins were “a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege on Gaza. People are scared, frustrated and desperate,” he said.
UNRWA provides basic services to hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza. Its schools across the territory have been transformed into packed shelters housing Palestinians displaced by the conflict. Israel has allowed only a small trickle of aid to enter from Egypt, some of which was stored in one of the warehouses that was broken into, UNRWA said.
Juliette Touma, a spokesperson for the agency, said the crowds broke into four facilities on Saturday. She said the warehouses did not contain any fuel, which has been in critically short supply since Israel cut off all shipments after the start of the war.
Residents living near Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest, meanwhile said Israeli airstrikes overnight hit near the hospital complex and blocked many roads leading to it. Israel accuses Hamas of having a secret command post beneath the hospital, without providing much evidence.
Tens of thousands of civilians are sheltering in Shifa, which is also packed with patients wounded in the strikes.
“Reaching the hospital has become increasingly difficult,” Mahmoud al-Sawah, who is sheltering in the hospital, said over the phone. “It seems they want to cut off the area.” Another Gaza City resident, Abdallah Sayed, said the Israeli bombing over the past two days was “the most violent and intense” since the war started.
The army recently released computer-generated images showing what it said were Hamas installations in and around Shifa Hospital, as well as interrogations of captured Hamas fighters who might have been speaking under duress. Israel has made similar claims before, but has not substantiated them
Top: An Israeli army M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer fires rounds towards the Gaza Strip from a position in southern Israel across the border on Oct 28, 2023. Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis and published by CNA
Inserts: People storm a UN-run aid supply centre that distributes food to displaced families following Israel’s call for more than 1 million residents in northern Gaza to move south for their safety, in Deir al-Balah on Oct. 28, 2023. Both photos: AFP/Mohammed Abed and published by CNA
Front Page: People take stock of damage in and around a building after Israeli strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today, Oct 29, 2023. Photo: AFP/Mohammed Abed and published by CNA