On 17 July 2019 combined Security Forces conducted search operations in Mu 1 and Mu 4 of Tambon Ban Rhae, Than To District, Yala Province.
Col Pramoj Phrom-in, ISOC Region 4 Forward Spokesman, said after these actions Lt Gen Pornsak Poolsawat, 4 Army Region Commander/ISOC Region 4 Director, went to the area to apologize and explain the actions of Security Forces to residents of the area, including community and religious leaders. Representatives of religious organizations and Mr Abdul Haji Samaeng, Member of Parliament for Yala Constituency 3 of the Prachachart Party also attended. This meeting was held to listen to all opinions and recommendations on the recent events and how to resolve problems together.
Lt Gen Pornsak apologized to area residents and admitted that Security Forces had acted inappropriately after receiving information that insurgents were preparing to carry out violent incidents in the area, where there have been such incidents in the past. In carrying out this operation Security Forces did not exercise proper judgement or take into account the negative effects on the local population. ISOC Region 4 Forward regards these mistakes as a major lesson learnt and is ready to listen to all opinions and recommendations on this matter so that it will not recur. ISOC Region 4 Forward also wishes to prevent those with ill intentions from exploiting these events for their own ends. A formal investigation has been launched to find the truth and to deal appropriately with the personnel responsible.