THE GAURDIAN – Officials, who held a two-hour meeting with Hamas in Tehran on 26 October, were told that the Thai hostages would be released at “the right time”, and they were being looked after, according to Areepen Uttarasin, a lead negotiator. Thousands of Thais work in Israel’s agricultural sector, and the Israeli government has said they make up the biggest group of foreign people killed or missing in the Hamas attacks. A total of 1,400 people were killed and more than 230 taken hostage during the violence on 7 October. Among them were 32 Thais who were killed, 22 who were abducted and 19 injured, the Thai government has said.
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