Grieving Thai family pleads for return of son’s body from Israel

The previous time Mrs Noopar Pansa-ard conveyed she heard from her son, gunfire and explosions crackled in the background as he said her to go on to be robust if anything befalls to him. “I said to him, ‘Don’t talk like that… My heart will shatter if you don’t come back’,” Mrs Noopar, 63, said. A day later, her son Somkuan Pansa-ard, 39, was killed whilst an attack by Hamas militants on Israel, where he went to work at a fruit plantation to give money back to support his family repay a loan.

Co-workers conveyed to his family on Sunday he was shot by Hamas militants. It was not crystal clear where in Israel Mr Somkuan was killed. “Losing my son… is the hugest loss i have experienced in my life,” said his father, Mr Khraboan Pansa-ard, hunched over on a chair as Mrs Noopar sat nearby, having a portrait of their son and wiping off tears rolling down cheeks. “I didn’t wish for my son to go because this nation is at war. I was scared he would lose his life,” said Mr Khraboan. “But he wouldn’t listen… He had to take care of the family to make them comfortable. He said that it paid well.”