Bangkok – Thailand is taking efforts to bring back the bodies of two of its citizens killed in a rocket attack in Eshkol Region in southern Israel on Tuesday.
Another eight Thai workers, including one who suffered serious injuries have been receiving treatment at Be’er Sheva in southern Israel with some believed to have been discharged.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tanee Sangrat said on late Wednesday the Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv is coordinating with provincial labour authorities to notify the families of the deceased.
“We are making arrangements to bring back their bodies,” he said in a statement.
Media reported at 2.35 pm (local time) on Tuesday rockets fired by Hamas landed at Ohad, a farming cooperative in southern Israel in the Eshkol region, about 14 km from Gaza, killing two Thai workers and injuring eight others.
The two men killed were Veerawat Karanborirak, 44, from Phetchabun province, and Sikharin Sangamram, 24, from Buriram. Those injured including a woman aged between 26 and 40 years old.
Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin said Israel would compensate the families of two Thai workers killed and the eight injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan o-cha extended his condolences to the families of the two Thai workers killed.
Prayuth also expressed concern on the eight other workers who were injured in the incident and ordered Ministry of Labour to provide compensation and assistance to those affected.
To date, there are about 25,000 Thais working in agricultural sector in Israel under a government-to-government agreement and were protected by the Israeli labour law.
A Bangkok Post report said Thailand had a quota to supply 5,099 workers per year to work in Israeli farms.
So far this year, about 3,100 Thai workers have made their way to Israel on three-year contracts, with an option to extend employment for another two years. Their average monthly pay per person is between 45,000 and 50,000 baht. – Bernama