Israeli police are employing facial recognition technology to track for Israelis who have gone missing. According to Bangkok’s labor ministry, there are over 30,000 Thai laborers in Israel, many of whom are employed in agriculture
In light of Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza, as many as 3,000 Thai employees have reportedly requested to be sent home.The first group of Thai laborers in Israel will return to Thailand on Thursday, according to reports citing Thai Labor Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
The repatriation follows a weekend assault on two Israeli towns close to the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian political and terrorist group Hamas.According to Phiphat, the foreign and labor ministries are making every effort to remove Thai citizens to a secure area while also making arrangements to return them to Thailand.
The 15 workers will reportedly fly on two different aircraft and land at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.The Thai government also announced on Tuesday that an additional 18 Thai citizens had died in the battle between Israel and Hamas militants, bringing the total up from the previous 12.
The government is working to evacuate hundreds of Thai citizens from the crisis, which erupted on Saturday, according to Jakkapong Sangmanee, Thailand’s deputy minister of international affairs.
Separately, a spokesman for the foreign ministry reported that 11 hostages had been abducted and nine Thai citizens had been injured.According to Jakkapong, some 5,000 Thai nationals have been rescued from dangerous locations.
He continued, “There are more than 3,000 people requesting to go back to Thailand.According to the ministry, the foreign minister had spoken with his Israeli colleague and had formally asked Israel to assist in securing the release of the captives.