Relief as Thai hostage is reunited with family

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There have been emotional scenes at Bangkok international airport as 17 Thai hostages freed by Hamas returned home.

Pornsawan Pinakalo, 30, fell to his knees when he was greeted by his father after nearly 50 days in captivity

Six other Thai nationals who Hamas released in the last two days are still in Israel undergoing medical examinations. Nine remain held by Hamas.

Nearly all of the abducted foreign workers were Thais. Israel employs some 30,000 of them as farm labour, making them one of the largest migrant groups in the country.

Thirty-nine Thai nationals were among the 1,200 people Hamas killed in its attack on Israel on 7 October.

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