Thai military raids on Israeli businesses in Koh Samui result in one arrest

Last night (Friday), Thai military personnel raided Israeli businesses on the island of Koh Samui in search of illegal weapons and ammunition, which resulted in the arrest of one Israeli, Nati Hadad, who manages Koh Samui Search and Rescue and owns the clinic where the guns were found.
Thai military (Archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The tranquil and relaxing atmosphere of the island of Koh Samui in Thailand was spoiled last night (Friday) when Thai soldiers raided Israeli businesses and arrested an Israeli business owner. According to local media reports, Thai soldiers were searching for illegal weapons and ammunition.

Nati Hadad, the manager of Koh Samui Search and Rescue, was arrested after a military unit searched his clinic and found many weapons, including handguns and ammunition, according to reports. In addition, a military raid was reportedly conducted on the island’s Chabad House. Hadad was arrested on suspicion of possessing weapons.

The uncovered weapons and ammunition Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The clinic, which is expected to open in about a month, is located near a night club that Hadad planned to open tonight. "It’s happening tomorrow," Hadad wrote yesterday in a Facebook post on his page. "This is going to be the re-opening of the greatest Israeli club in Thailand."

The raided clinic Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Earlier this month, Hadad posted another Facebook post in which he spoke about the clinic where the weapons were found. "For those who do not know, the clinic was closed because a few narrow-minded people reported that I was helping Israelis in my shop without permits. It is important to note that the place was registered as a shop and not as a clinic, and because of those narrow-minded people, I was most likely going to be fined and therefore I decided to close the place and not take the risk. In the near future, the clinic will be open and run 24 hours a day.”



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