Junta chief orders close monitoring after Thai worker killed
July 24, 2014 00:00
Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chanocha has expressed deep concern at the current Palestine-Israel conflict, which claimed life of a Thai worker in Israel on Wednesday.
Junta spokesperson Col Sirichan Ngathong said Prayuth already assigned the foreign and labour ministries to closely monitor the situation and take care of the Thais in Israel.
“Gen Prayuth is worried about the fighting and has assigned security authorities and the relevant ministries of foreign and labour to keep him posted on the situation in Israel,” she said.
Thai farm worker, Narakorn Kitiyangkul, 36, from Nan’s Pua district was killed when mortar shells fired from Gaza landed in the Ashkelon area. He became the third civilian to be killed by Gaza rockets since the start of Israel’s operation to halt a bombing barrage from the coastal strip.
The spokeswoman said the authorities concerned were assigned to take care of and help Thais in Israel and other countries. Gen Prayuth has ordered the authorities to take care of compensation for Narakorn's family and the transfer of his body back to Thailand.
He also asked the foreign ministry to consider evacuating the Thai workers from to safer areas as well as to facilitate the return of any Thais wishing to come home.