According to Thailand’s foreign ministry on Saturday, twenty Thai nationals remained in captivity after Hamas released ten individuals. The ministry stated that the Thai hostages, liberated from Gaza in Friday’s hostage exchange involving Palestinians held in Israeli jails, would be returning home after spending 48 hours in the hospital, as per their statement.
The released Thai hostages included one woman, according to photos released by the ministry, which showed them dressed in green jackets and with doctors at a medical center in Israel.
Earlier reports said around 12 Thais had been released. A source briefed on the negotiations said their release was unrelated to a truce deal with Israel, the first in the seven-week-old war, and followed a separate track of talks with Hamas mediated by Egypt and Qatar.
The ministry thanked the governments of Qatar, Israel, Egypt, Iran and Malaysia, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, “as well as others involved in the immense efforts that led to this recent release”.