Israel army says two Thai captives held in Gaza are dead

AFP , Thursday 16 May 2024

The Israeli army said Thursday that two Thai captives earlier believed to be alive in Gaza were killed in the events on October 7 and their bodies are being held in the Palestinian territory.

Relatives and supporters of captives held by Hamas in Gaza hold placards during a demonstration calling for their release, in Tel Aviv. AFP


"We informed the families of two kidnapped Thai citizens," said army spokesman Daniel Hagari.

There are now six Thai captives being held in Gaza, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

Thailand has about 30,000 citizens in Israel, most of whom work in the agricultural sector.

Israel's war on Gaza has killed at least 35,272 people, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

The bloodiest Gaza war erupted on October 7 after Hamas launched a surprise offensive into southern Israel.

The ensuing chaos and a frantic Israeli defence response led to 1,170 deaths, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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