Police warn commuters to avoid Sukhumvit soi 18 and 20 due to Israel rallies

Photo: Bernard Spragg. NZ / Flickr
Photo: Bernard Spragg. NZ / Flickr

Police are warning Bangkok commuters to avoid the vicinity of Sukhumvit Soi 18 and 20 amid rallies held this evening in solidarity with victims amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Thonglor police recommend that the public avoid routes of Sukhumvit soi 18, 20, and shortcuts connecting soi 22 to 20 from 4-9pm today.

Some alternate routes the police recommend include: (1) using the end of Sukhumvit soi 16 to connect to Soi 22 and Rama IV road; (2) entering Sukhumvit soi 22, 24, and 26 to reach Rama IV road or the end of soi 22 to reach soi 20 and 18; (3) using Rama IV road to connect to Sukhumvit soi 16, 22, and 24 to exit Sukhumvit Road.

Map: Thonglor police

Hamas launched an attack on Israel on Oct. 7, leading to a bloody conflict in Gaza that has left more than 5,000 dead, 15,000 wounded, and over a million displaced.

Thirty Thai nationals have been killed in the conflict and 19 abducted as of Friday, the Thai Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The foreign ministry also reported that the 16th and 17th evacuation flights from Tel Aviv landed in Suvarnabhumi Airport last night, bringing back 280 and 235 Thai nationals, respectively.

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