As the ongoing conflict in Israel reaches new heights, Thai workers in the area are witnessing a spike in their safety concerns. Undeterred, several are resolved to stay and carry on with their occupations. The latest bout of violence which has erupted between Israel and Hamas, reputedly a Palestinian terrorist group, has launched several thousand rockets into Israeli territory, leading to ample casualties. Included in the fatality count are 12 Thai workers as initially reported.
Sombat Traisakdi, who holds the position of Deputy Governor of Chaiyaphum province, unveiled today that the province has rallied to help support local workers stationed in Israel as a reaction to the escalating crisis. Statistically speaking, 772 Thai labourers hailing from Chaiyaphum are currently employed in Israel within legal constraints. The gender ratio includes 742 men and 30 women, additionally, there is an undisclosed number operating in contravention of the law. The provincial authorities are accelerating their attempts to pinpoint the exact demographic from each district currently located in Israel, to expedite crucial relief efforts.
The Deputy Governor proceeded to elaborate on the largest number of workers deriving from Chaiyaphum. The list is led by Ban Thaen district with 144 people, followed by Phu Khiao with 133, Kaeng Khro with 110, Mueang district with 110, and Nong Bua Daeng with another 68 individuals. The remaining workers are dispersed around various other districts.
Reporters in action were able to extract reactions from relatives of Thai labourers in Israel. Some families maintained regular interaction with their kin, while others unfortunately experienced an end in communication channels.
In light of a prolonged conflict, measures are in place by the Thai government to extend support to any Thai labourer in Israel wishing to return to their homeland. Thai representatives in Israel can be contacted at the given number 972-544693476 for further guidance. For those struggling with establishing contact with their acquaintances, the Chaiyaphum Employment Office has provided assistance at 044-813-508 or via mobile at 080-732-3993. Both legal and illegal workers willing to return can provide immediate notice of their intentions.
The report also disclosed that in Phu Khiao district, a maximum of 133 Thai labourers are currently occupied in Israel. In the solitude of Olo sub-district, there are 13 such workers. Relatives of Thai workers have been observed banding together in various gatherings across different villages, exchanging the latest news, and discussing their anxieties about their family members employed in Israel. Several are distraught to the point where they are barely able to eat or sleep owing to their severe apprehension. Some haven’t been able to establish connections with their kin and are fearful for their wellbeing. Immediate intervention is being sought from the authorities to aid in establishing communication with their kin.
Parents of Thai workers in Israel are harbouring particular concerns for their offspring’s safety and are trying to foster regular communication. Nevertheless, they are beseeching the government to make haste in the inspection and surveillance of the Thai working populace from Chaiyaphum, in light of their immense worry. One mother, Sai Rung Meevuti, from Olo sub-district, Phu Khiao, Chaiyaphum province, successfully managed to video call her son, Worachet Meevuti, to ensure his wellbeing. Worachet, like multiple other Thai labourers positioned in Israel, is steadfast in confronting the ordeal. His primary focus is on money-making to finance his family back home. Despite the uncertainty looming over the future, he is prepared to shoulder the risk, as per a statement to KhaoSod.
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