Labour Ministry pledges help for Thai workers in Israel

After two Thai nationals were reported killed in southern Israel on 18th May, casualties in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the Ministry of Thailand has announced that family of the deceased and those injured will receive help from both the Israeli and Thai authorities.

The Minister of Labour Suchat Chomklin, announced today that two Thai nationals in Israel had died in a Hamas rocket strike this week. The two were working in a factory in the Ohad agricultural estate located 14 kilometers away from the Gaza strip yesterday.

The two Thai workers have been identified as Mr Weerawat Karanboriboon, originally from Petchaburi province, and Mr Sikarin Sangaram from Buriram province.

Another Thai national, Mr Attachai Khamkaew, was severely injured in the attack, along with seven other Thai nationals who were slightly injured.

The Minister of Labour said the victims will receive compensation from social security agencies in both Israel and Thailand, while the Ministry of Labour has started coordinating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to relocate Thai nationals in at-risk areas, and to arrange the transportation of the deceased back to Thailand for a funeral.

The Royal Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv has released a statement offering condolences to the victims’ families, while urging Thai workers in Israel to remain vigilant and to follow instructions given by the Israeli authorities, especially outdoor warning sirens.

Thai nationals in Israel can request emergency assistance from the Embassy by calling the Thai Embassy on 054-636-8150, or by posting a message on Facebook to the Royal Thai Embassy, Tel Aviv’s official page.

Israel is a popular employment destination for Thai workers, with a government-to-government agreement established between both countries to facilitate the employment of Thai nationals in Israel.

Employment contracts in Israel’s agricultural sector have been granted to around 5,000 Thai workers so far, with around 3,100 of them already working in the middle eastern country.

According to the Thai Embassy, there are around 4,000 Thai nationals working at Ohad agricultural estate. The embassy has already helped evacuate some Thai workers working at agricultural estates close to the Gaza strip. to a safer place.

 

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Reporter : Tanakorn Sangiam

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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