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Royal gifts for injured, govt apologises

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously granted necessities and gifts for people injured over the past couple of days, while the government expressed its "sincere apologies" for the injuries.

A total of 263 people were wounded and four killed in the Bangkok protest sites over the past three days.

Thanpuying Ravijitr Suwanbubpa, Her Majesty's assistant private secretary, said the Princess was concerned that people had been hurt during the street protest and hence, has provided necessities and other items for those being treated at Ramathibhodi Hospital. She said the Princess also would take responsibility for the patients' medical expenses not covered by the hospital.

As of 2pm yesterday, Public Health Ministry permanent-secretary Narong Sahametapat said 86 of the 263 injured had been admitted to hospitals in Bangkok since Friday.

The death toll from Saturday night's skirmishes in Ramkhamhaeng University rose to four, as Private Thanasit Wiangkham, 22, succumbed to his injuries yesterday morning. Colonel Peerapol Pokpong, director of Phra Mongkutklao Hospital's Emergency Department, said Thanasit's brain had stopped functioning as soon as he was hit by a 9mm bullet in the head at 3am on Sunday.

The Public Health Ministry reported that yesterday seven |protesters were hospitalised for tear gas injuries, but six of them were discharged soon after. The seventh protester remained at Ramathibodi Hospital as his eyes were bleeding.

According to the ministry, 129 protesters were injured in clashes on Monday, and 76 of them suffered injuries from tear gas. Nineteen protesters reportedly had gunshot wounds - three of them as a result of live bullets.

Dr Udom Chaowarin, director of Rajvithi Hospital, said 22 people injured in political skirmishes had undergone treatment at the hospital. Twelve of them sustained injuries in the clash at Ramkhamhaeng University on Saturday night, while eight were victims of tear gas fired at Chamai Maruchet Bridge.

Rattana Saisen, 52, said she was hurt by tear gas while hiding from the street clashes under the library of Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon. She is being treated at Ramathibhodi Hospital.

Public Health Minister Pradith Sinthawanarong yesterday visited the injured at both Rajvithi and Ramathibodi hospitals and said the government was deeply sorry. "Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wants to express her sincere apologies for the injuries, as the government wanted the political turmoil to end peacefully," he said.

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