2 Thai hostages die in Gaza



ISTANBUL – At least two citizens of Thailand held hostage in Gaza have died, the Southeast Asian nation’s prime minister said.

“I am deeply saddened to learn that the two Thai hostages in Gaza ... are now confirmed deceased,” Srettha Thavisin said Thursday night.

He identified the victims as Sonthaya Oakkharasri and Sudthisak Rinthalak.

Expressing “deepest condolences” to their families, Srettha said the Thai government “will continue to do our utmost to secure the release of the remaining hostages.”

There are around six more Thais among hostages in Palestine's besieged enclave of Gaza.

Thai Foreign Ministry said the Israeli government has concluded Oakkharasri and Rinthalak “are deceased, since October 2023.”

Israel launched a deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip after Oct. 7, 2023 Hamas attack which left nearly 1,200 people dead. More than 200 were taken as hostages. (Anadolu)