The article “Distraught parents of Thai seized in Israel plead: ‘help the hostages'” by Reuters tells the story of the family of Natthaporn Onkaew, a 26-year-old Thai migrant worker who was seized by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on October 8, 2023. Natthaporn’s parents, who live in a small village in Thailand, are pleading with the Thai government and the international community to help rescue their son.
Natthaporn was working on a farm in the Gaza Strip when he was seized by Israeli forces. The Israeli military has not released any information about Natthaporn’s whereabouts or condition. His parents are worried that he is being tortured and that his life is in danger.
Natthaporn’s father, Somchai Onkaew, told Reuters, “We are begging the Thai government and the international community to help us rescue our son. We don’t know what to do. We are so worried about him.”
Natthaporn’s mother, Nong Onkaew, added, “We are pleading with the Israeli government to release our son. He is innocent. He was just working to support his family.”
The Thai government has said that it is doing everything it can to secure Natthaporn’s release. However, the Thai government has limited influence over the Israeli government.
The international community has also expressed concern about Natthaporn’s case. The United Nations has called for the immediate release of all hostages in the Gaza Strip. Human rights groups have also condemned the Israeli military’s detention of Natthaporn.
The case of Natthaporn Onkaew is a reminder of the plight of migrant workers in the Gaza Strip. Migrant workers are often exploited and abused, and they have little protection under the law. The case of Natthaporn also highlights the need for the international community to do more to protect the rights of migrant workers and to hold the Israeli government accountable for its actions in the Gaza Strip.