The Thai Foreign Ministry confirmed this Friday that two of the Thai hostages from in Gaza those believed to be alive have been dead since the attack last October, according to the Government of .

In a statement issued today, the Ministry indicates that after considering the available evidence, the Israeli Government committee evaluating the conditions of the hostages “has concluded that two Thai nationals registered as hostages in Gaza, of the eight remaining to be released (… .) have been dead since October 2023″.

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Both the Government as a whole and the country’s Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin, expressed their condolences to the families of the two victims: Sonthaya Oakkharasri and Sudthisak Rinthalak.

“The Thai government will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the release of the remaining hostages,” the prime minister said in a post on the X social network.

The hostages To whom the president referred are six Thais who were part of the more than 240 people kidnapped by Hamas during its attack on Israel on October 7, which left some 1,200 dead, including 39 Thais (who were add up to the two confirmed today).

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At least 23 Thais were released during the late November truce between Israel and Hamas.

The Thai Government also called on all parties involved in the conflict to “make every effort in negotiations that lead to an urgent solution to the current humanitarian crisis in Loop”.

Some 30,000 Thai citizens lived in Israel at the time of the Hamas attack last October, most working in the agricultural sector.