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Freed Thai citizen tells of his 50 days as hostage in Gaza

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It’s news his father Chumporn Jirachart, himself a migrant worker in Israel a decade ago, had been expecting since his son was taken.

Mr Chumporn said: “That morning, a friend in Israel called me and said: ‘They’re releasing the hostages, and your son is one of them.’ I didn’t believe him, so I said: ‘Send me the proof’. So, he sent me a screenshot from the news – and there was my son! I felt really happy.”

At the time of his kidnapping, Mr. Mani was in the last few months of his five-year contract in Israel, where he was working on a farm near Gaza.

He returned to Thailand with the first batch of hostages released earlier this month, and has since been reunited with his family in his rural hometown of Ban Dung in northeastern Udon Thani province.

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Udon Thani is about 7,000km from Israel, but it is closely connected to the Middle Eastern nation, where more than 4,000 locals work as migrant workers.

Throughout the country, there were about 30,000 workers in Israel before the war began, mostly working in agriculture. Thai citizens make up the largest migrant worker group in Israel.

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