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Jul 23, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | 23rd of Tevet, 5730 | כ״ג בטבת תש״ל
Narakorn Kittiyangkul, 36 from Nan’s Pua district in Thailand was killed by a mortar fired from Gaza while working in a greenhouse in one of the Israeli communities in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council on Jul 23, 2014.
Narakorn originally from Thailand’s northern province of Nan, left Thailand on June 23, 2014 to work in Israel. Described as a hard-working man, he decided to go abroad as he could not earn enough to help support his large family as a taxi driver in Bangkok. He was working on a tomato farm with a group of 4-5 Thais when he was hit and severely wounded by a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip. He was rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon by helicopter but succumbed to his wounds and died within an hour.
Narakorn’s aunt related that, as he was leaving, her nephew told the family they should take good care of themselves. She had not expected that to be his final farewell. Yair Farjoun head of the Ashkelon Regional Council, expressed his condolences to the family.
“The Thai workers are a part of our society, a part of our community, and that’s why we stand by their side in this difficult time, that is also a difficult time for us.” one of the Netiv HaAsara residents said.
Narakorn Kittiyangkul’s body was flown home to Thailand for burial following a memorial service at Netiv HaAsara conducted by a Buddhist monk and attended by dozens of Thai workers and Israelis.
He is survived by his father Bancha,13 brothers and sisters and his 13-year-old son.
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