In a statement made today (Friday), Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin cited the Israeli envoy to Thailand as saying that almost all Thai nationals employed in the so-called “red zone” in Israel have been relocated to safer locations.
The prime minister invited the ambassador, Orna Sagiv, to Government House today to discuss the situation of Thais working in Israel, the evacuation plan for those who want to return home, and the Thai government’s request to Israel for assistance in securing the release of Thai nationals held hostage by Hamas.
He added that the ambassador gave her the assurance that the Israeli government gave the evacuation of people from danger areas and the provision of psychiatric care to those suffering from trauma the highest priority. He said he asked the ambassador to convey the government’s message, asking Israel to facilitate the evacuation of Thais from Israel.
The prime minister added that he had asked the ambassador to check a report that some Thais had been forced, by their Israeli employers, to continue working in areas where fighting was still raging between Israeli forces and Hamas militants. The envoy claimed that 99% of Thais working in the “red zone” had been evacuated to safety.
The envoy was reminded of Thailand’s impartial attitude in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the prime minister claimed.