A recent meeting between senior Thai and Israeli officials focused on the safety and well-being of Thai citizens in Israel.
Orna Sagiv, Israel’s ambassador to Thailand, met with Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to discuss the situation in Israel. The ambassador expressed her condolences for the loss of Thai lives due to the current armed conflict with Hamas and assured that assistance is being provided to both Thai citizens and visitors.
He noted that the Israeli government has already relocated Thai citizens from high-risk areas, moving them to safer areas 4 kilometers away. Prime Minister Srettha highlighted the Thai government’s close monitoring of the situation and its prioritization of the safety of the approximately 30,000 Thais in Israel. There are plans in place to help everyone.
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Given the significant number of victims, which exceeds 1,000 people, the Israeli government asked for understanding, as appropriate procedures must be followed before repatriating the bodies of the deceased. Some 6,000 registered Thai workers currently in safe areas in three countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates – will be gradually repatriated.
The Israeli government has already relocated Thai citizens from high-risk areas, moving them to safer areas 4 kilometers away
Prime Minister Srettha noted that repatriation requires authorization from more than 10 countries, a process that is being coordinated by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Thai government confirmed that it will take care of all expenses for those returning on commercial airlines, considering it a government responsibility.