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Thai reifnorced more troops to Ta Moan and Ta Krabey temples

Gen. Chea Dara (L) and Gen. Srey Doek on the phone to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Cambodian soldiers fired B-40 rockets and machine guns at Thai positions during the fighting on Friday, 4th February 2011.

A Cambodian commander claimed that despite a ceasefire agreement reached during the meeting yesterday, Thailand had mobilised and reinforced troops to Preah Vihear and other border areas.

Gen. Hing Bunheang, Cambodian Deputy Commander-in-Chief and chief of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit, said that up until today, 6th February, Thailand had reinforced 2,000 troops and deployed about 20 tanks to Ta Moan Thom and Ta Krabey temples in Oddar Meanchey province, another flash point between the two nations.

At the same time, situations at the Preah Vihear front lines have not
eased and still tense because the Thai side still reinforce more troops
to the areas despite reaching an ceasefire agreement in talks withCambodian commanders yesterday.

At 9:30 a.m this morning Cambodia time, the Cambodian side will hand over one more Thai soldier, captured during fighting yesterday, to Thai commanders. Yesterday, Cambodian side handed over 4 Thai soldiers, who were captured during the fighting on Friday afternoon, to Thai commanders.

And at 10 a.m today, Gen. Srey Doek will meet with the commander of Thai Military Region 2 at Sombok Khmum area, the so-called “disputed zone” which was the scene of heavy fighting Friday and Saturday.

On the casualties, Gen. Hing Bunheang said that 20 Cambodian
soldiers had suffered serious injuries, 2 killed- that include one
civilian. He said that the soldier didn’t die as a result of enemy
fire, but he died of self-inflicted wound when his own gun accidentally
discharged.

Gen. Hing Bunheang not say how many Thai soldiers were killed, but Gen. Chea Dara, another Cambodian Deputy Commander-in-Chief, said that 32 Thai soldiers were killed. Mr. Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, put the number of Thai deaths at over 30.

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