Thursday brought forth the tragic announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that eight Thai workers, previously reported deceased in Israel, are slated to return home. The bodies are scheduled for transport via flight to their homeland on Friday morning. This unfortunate news comes as these individuals have been verified visually and are now entrusted to an Israeli funeral services company for proper repatriation.
According to the details furnished by the ministry, the Royal Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv had an interchange with the funeral services company. The conversation revealed that the requisite permission had been granted by a respected Israeli forensic institute, allowing the transport of the deceased Thai workers.
As plan stands, El Al Flight LY083 has been entrusted with the somber duty of ferrying the remains of these workers. The flight is expected to exit Israeli air space on Thursday, with take-off set for 8pm. Upon crossing time zones and countries, the flight is slated to touch down on Thai soil precisely at Suvarnabhumi airport on Friday morning, at approximately 8.50am.
The identified victims of this tragic incident are all males. The list includes Pongsathorn Khunsri, Pichit Nachan, Chairat Sanusan, Anan Phetkaew, Pongpat Suchart, Anucha Sophakul, Pongthep Kusaram, and Thanakrij Prakotwong. Each name represents a life cut short, a story left unfinished, and a family left in mourning.
The Foreign Ministry, in its official statement, extended its deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families. In the wake of the devastating news, the authorities have assured the families that they will be informed in detail about further arrangements as they proceed.
These eight men represent a fraction of the thirty Thai citizens reported to have lost their lives in Israel since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas conflict on Oct 7 of the previous year. Their untimely and tragic passing serves as a stark reminder of the real, human cost of global conflicts, even beyond the borders where the battles take place.