Cambodian, Thai troops exchange fire again

09:28, February 07, 2011      

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Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged fire again on Sunday about 6:30 p.m. local time near Preah Vihear temple, military sources said.


Villagers are evacuated from the border near the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 500 km northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Feb. 5, 2011. Thailand and Cambodia on Saturday reached a ceasefire agreement to halt fighting near a disputed temple, but border tensions remained high. (Xinhua/Sovannara)

This is the third military clash after the first clash on Thursday and second one on Friday.

According to Phay Siphan, spokesman of the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia, the first two armed clashes that occurred near Preah Vihear Temple resulted in the deaths of two Cambodian soldiers, but one of whom was not killed by the bullets from Thai troops, but his own accidental bullet.

Another Cambodian civilian was killed on the first day of the clash. In addition to the deaths, 20 others were injured. For the Thai side, he said 32 people were killed in Cambodian territory, and many others injured.

However, the report can not be verified by the Thai side.

The spokesman also said that after the fighting started Friday, as many as 700 families or more than 2,000 villagers were evacuated from a village, about 20 kilometers away from the Preah Vihear Temple, to another village that is 100 kilometers away from the temple.


Villagers are evacuated with livestocks near the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 500 km northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Feb. 5, 2011. Thailand and Cambodia on Saturday reached a ceasefire agreement to halt fighting near a disputed temple, but border tensions remained high. (Xinhua/Sovannara)

Senior army officers of the two countries met on Saturday and agreed on a truce.

The border between Thailand and Cambodia has never been completely demarcated and the issue of the Preah Vihear temple has been an age-old dispute.

Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

Just a week after the enlistment, Cambodia and Thailand have had border conflict due to Thai claim of the ownership of 1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a military build-up along the border, and periodic clashes between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides.

Source: Xinhua
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