Ankara's intelligence efforts: Turkish President's directive leads to release of Thai nationals

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2023-11-26 16:06:07 | Last Update : 2023-11-26 17:17:54

President Erdogan actively contributes to release of Thai hostages held by Hamas in Gaza as prisoner-hostage swap continues for 3rd day

Ankara's intelligence efforts: Turkish President's directive leads to release of Thai nationals

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan actively contributed to the liberation of Thai hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, as reported by sources within the Palestinian group and in Ankara. The Palestinian resistance group announced on Saturday that they were finalizing the release of multiple Thai hostages in Gaza, citing President Erdogan's dedicated efforts, as conveyed in a statement.

According to a statement, the Palestinian resistance faction announced on Saturday that they were finalizing the liberation of numerous Thai hostages from Gaza, attributing it to President Erdogan's endeavors.

"In response to the efforts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has completed the release of Thai detainees inside the Gaza Strip," the statement read.

Different sources in Ankara revealed that the 14 Thai citizens, held in prison by Hamas in Gaza, were freed due to the actions of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), directed by President Erdogan. 

Hamas released a minimum of 10 Thai individuals on Friday, with an additional 4 being released later on Saturday.

Earlier last week, President Erdogan stated the head of MIT head Ibrahim Kalin and Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan are working with Qatar on the release of hostages held by Hamas.

"Türkiye hopes to achieve positive results on hostage exchange as soon as possible," Speaking at a joint news conference with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Erdogan emphasized.

The recently liberated Thai citizens, released in a subsequent wave, reached Israel on Sunday amidst a scheduled four-day ceasefire aimed at facilitating ongoing hostage exchanges.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin confirmed that those released in the latest batch were in excellent health and expressed their eagerness to reconnect with their families.

"Everybody is safe, on the whole in good mental health, and are able to speak normally," he posted on social media platform X, former Twitter.

Thailand's foreign ministry estimated 18 Thai nationals remained hostages after Israel told it the number abducted had increased by two from the previous tally.

"The Thai government will continue to make every effort towards the safe release and return of those remaining Thai nationals," the Thai ministry emphasized.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 14,500 people, including 5,000 children, and 3,500 women. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

The administration said the number of missing persons crossed 6,000, with most of them suspected of lying under the rubble of the fallen buildings.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 52 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.

Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Newsroom

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