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Thai PM Announces Release of 12 Nationals from Hamas

Thai PM Srettha Thavisin took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to announce the liberation of 12 Thai people held captive by Hamas.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share the news of the release of 12 Thai nationals from Hamas’ captivity. 

The announcement was made following confirmation by the Security Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Swift Response and Retrieval:

Prime Minister Thavisin assured that embassy officials will pick up the released hostages within the next hour. 

Details about their names and specific circumstances are expected to be provided shortly.

Cease-Fire Agreement in the Israel-Hamas Conflict:

The release of the Thai hostages is part of a broader agreement brokered with the assistance of Qatar, coinciding with a four-day cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. 

The deal includes the release of hostages and prisoners on both sides, with shipments of fuel and supplies entering Gaza to address humanitarian needs.

As part of the agreement, Israel has agreed to allow the daily delivery of 130,000 liters (34,300 gallons) of fuel into besieged Gaza, offering some relief to the 2.3 million Palestinians affected by weeks of Israeli bombardment. 

Aid groups, however, note that this is still insufficient to meet the comprehensive needs of the population.

Casualty Reports and Cease-Fire Conditions:

The Health Ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza reported over 13,300 Palestinian casualties, with a pause in reporting attributed to the collapse of the health system in northern Gaza. 

The cease-fire brings a temporary halt to hostilities, but Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated the intention to resume the war after its expiration.

Human Cost of Conflict:

The conflict has resulted in more than 13,300 Palestinian casualties, while 1,200 people, mostly during the initial incursion by Hamas, have been killed in Israel. 

The toll underscores the significant human cost of the ongoing hostilities in the region.

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