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Thai-Khmer border skirmish breaks out

Border skirmish between Thai and Cambodian troops broke out Friday
at the disputed area in Si Sa Ket province near the Hindu temple of
Preah Vihear, local residents said.

The clash between two sides took place at Phu Ma Khua hill at 3.15pm
and sounds of gun fire were heard at Si Sa Ket province’s Ban Phum Srol
some five kilometres from the hill, they said.

A Cambodian solider meanwhile confirmed the fighting.
A
local residents told the Nation in a telephone interview, “sounds of
many weapons, including small and heavy weapons such as rockets were
heard from the area,” he said. “The fighting is still going on.”
Authorities ordered local residents to take shelters immediately for their safety.
Bounruam Phongpan, director of Phum Srol school, evacuated children to a safe place.
Thailand
and Cambodia are at loggerhead over the border area adjacent to the
Prearh Vihear for long time. Both sides have boosted troops to the
disputed areas days ago after nationalist group People’s Alliance for
Democracy (PAD) staged a protest near the Prime Minister Office
demanding the government to use forces to kick Cambodians out of the
area.
Source: The Nation

 

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