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Thailand increased troops along Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear provinces

On 15th July
2008, Thailand sent nearly 700 troops to occupy the Preah Vihear
surrounding area inside Cambodian territory and only withdrawn on 1st
December, 2010.
Sources from Preah Vihear province have claimed that Thailand had increased their troops
along the borders with Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear provinces after
Thai troops had shot dead one Cambodian logger and arrested another 3
loggers who have been logging along the border on 23rd and 24th January.

The Thai 2302nd Company had deployed nearly 100 troops in several locations, with between 30 t0 50 troops in each locations
in Thailand’s Khun Hean and Khantharalak districts in Sisaket province,
opposite Cambodia’s Tropeang Prasat district in Oddar Meanchey province
and Choam Ksan district in Preah Vihear province.

Mr. Toch Ra,
chief of Cambodian-Thai Border Relations based at Choam Ksan Checkpoint
in Anlong Veng district, said the body of the dead Cambodian had been
kept in a hospital morgue in Khantaralak in Thailand, while the three
arrested Cambodians were still detained in the town.

At 5 p.m on 23rd January, at least 19 Cambodian loggers went to log at the 50th border point near O’Choup Malu in Khun Hean district when they
were ambushed by Thai gunmen who shot at them indiscriminately. Sources
said that the group was led by Capt. Rithy, an army engineer from 3rd
division, along with another soldier named Pol Tap. But some sources
said the officer’s name was Capt. Ngeth Ngorn, who live in Tropeang
Prasat district.

The three male Cambodian loggers arrested by
Thai troops were 30 year-old Dok Dam, 30 year-old Phorn Phan and 36
year-old Heam Thann. The other 16 loggers have returned back to
Cambodia safely after spending the whole night travelling through the
forests.

By Khmerization
Source: CEN
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