Manee Singmueangphon
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Manee Singmueangphon

3/18/2010


Mar 18, 2010 - Manee Singmueangphon, a 34-year-old Thai foreign worker, was killed when a Kassam rocket hit the hothouse area in Netiv Ha'asara, a moshav in the Ashkelon coastal region, north of the Gaza Strip.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza fell through the roof of a hothouse at Netiv Ha'asara. The Kassam carved a small hole in the cement pavement. Some of its shards flew a few meters to where Manee Singmueangphon stood, just outside the hothouse that was filled with tables of small potted plants stretching for rows and rows. At the time of the attack, most of the foreign laborers who worked in the hothouses were on a break. Singmueangphon was one of the few who was outside when the rocket fell. Paramedics from Netiv Ha'asara and Magen David Adom tried to resuscitate him, but his wounds were too serious. A small Islamist faction calling itself Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack. Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades later also claimed responsibility.

Manee Singmueangphon, a resident of Phu Wiang in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, was recruited to work in Israel in 2006 through a job placement company under a two-year contract. After returning to Thailand in 2008, he was hired directly by an Israeli employer under a five-year contract. He was working in the small community of Netiv Ha'asara to support his wife and child back home. Yair Farjun, chairman of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, said that Manee had worked on the moshav for three years and eight months: "He drove a tractor. He was always smiling and had learned to speak Hebrew," Farjun said. 

In the small shack with space for just two beds, which Singmueangphon had shared with another worker, they had placed a small headshot of the victim and lit incense. They also set up a small white cardboard box to collect money for his widow. "He was a very good man," said one of his friends from Thailand. "He loved his wife very much," said another from Nepal. Social workers treated 50 other Thai workers for shock, with the assistance of translators.

Thai officials coordinated with Israeli authorities the transfer of his body for burial in Thailand.

 
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