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Thai National Freed from Gaza Hostage Crisis, Describes Survival as 'Miracle'

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Thai National Freed from Gaza Hostage Crisis, Describes Survival as 'Miracle'

In a remarkable turn of events, a Thai national, who was held hostage in the strife-torn region of Gaza, has gained his freedom. The individual was captured under undisclosed circumstances but was able to communicate that he is alive, contrary to any prior beliefs of his demise. His release was facilitated through complex and sensitive diplomatic efforts. The details of his capture and the negotiations for his release have not been made public, but the successful outcome has brought relief to all involved parties. The Thai national's account of his experience and his resilience throughout the ordeal have captured public interest, highlighting the dangers and challenges faced in regions with ongoing conflicts.

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Hostage Crisis Unfolds

10 Thai nationals were part of a group of 240 people taken hostage by Hamas in a surprise attack on southern Israel last month. The hostages included 13 Israeli citizens and a Filipino citizen. The release of the Thai and Filipino hostages occurred separately from the release of the Israeli hostages. Hamas released the Thai nationals and one Filipino who were being held hostage in the Gaza Strip.

Diplomatic Efforts Ensue

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Thailand thanked Qatar, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, and the International Committee of the Red Cross for their efforts in securing the release of the hostages. The Thai government said 20 of its nationals remain captive. Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin confirmed the release of the Thai nationals, stating they were safely in Israel’s custody. The Thai nationals were among the first hostages to be released during the ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

Joy Amidst Despair

A woman, who believed her boyfriend was killed in the October attack, spoke of her joy on seeing her boyfriend, Wichai Kalapat, among the Thai hostages released. Similarly, Vetoon Phoome's family, who had feared him dead, learned he had been freed as a hostage in Gaza. The freed hostages, including the Thai nationals, are currently being accompanied out of the strip by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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