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14 Thai soldiers wounded in latest Thai-Cambodian border clashes

SI SA KET, Feb 7 — Fifteen
Thai soldiers, two villagers wounded in the latest Thai-Cambodian
border clashes which flared Sunday evening, one seriously
–transferred
to Ubon Ratchathani Hospital, according to the director of Kantharalak
hospital, as residents at five Kantharalak district villages were
evacuated to less risky areas.
An injured
Thai soldier is treated on his arrival at Kantharalak, hospital in Si
Sa ket Province, Thailand Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 Fighting between
Cambodian and Thai soldiers erupted Sunday evening for a third day
along a disputed border near an 11th century temple, shattering a shaky
cease-fire.(AP Photo)
Kantharalak District Hospital Director Wanchai Laosathienkij said since the border clashes began Sunday until 9am this morning there were 17 wounded from the fighting,15 soldiers and two civilians.
Most suffered minor injuries but one soldier was critically wounded and was transfered to a military hospital at Sappasitprasong Hospital in Ubon Ratchathani.
The latest cross border clashes
between Thai and Cambodian troops at Kantharalak district near Preah
Vihear Temple began Sunday afternoon and stopped at about 2am Monday
even though both sides had agreed to a cease fire on Saturday.

An injured Thai soldier is
wheeled into Kantharalak, hospital in Si Sa ket Province, Thailand
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 Fighting between Cambodian and Thai soldiers
erupted Sunday evening for a third day along a disputed border near an
11th century temple, shattering a shaky cease-fire.(AP Photo)
Thai army spokesman Col Sansern
Kaewkamnerd said Sunday’s skirmish was “more serious” than the previous
two days of violence. He said about ten soldiers were injured, but that
there were no reports of new deaths.
Villagers in Lalai, Bueng Malu,
Rung, Phu Pha Mok and Sao Thong Chai districts were removed from at
risk areas while district officials had prepared additional 60
makeshift tents to facilitate their temporary housing.
Meanwhile, international news
agencies reported that Cambodia accused Thailand of damaging the 11th
century Preah Vihear temple in fresh clashes on Sunday and appealed to
the United Nations to halt Thailand’s ‘aggression’ on the third day of
cross-border fighting.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Sen reportedly sent a letter to the UN Security Council calling for an
emergency meeting to help end the fighting.
French news agency Agence
France-Presse (AFP) quoted Mr Hun Sen’s letter as saying that he urged
the United Nations Security Council to hold an urgent meeting “so as to
stop Thailand’s aggression”, which the Khmer leader said has “gravely
threatened peace and stability in the region.”
But Thai government spokesman
Panitan Wattanayagorn rejected the accusation that Thailand was the
aggressor. He said Thailand has a clear policy that it will not invade
any country.
Clashes erupted on the border
at Phu Ma Khua at Kantharalak for the third day in a row on Sunday
evening, ending a ceasefire agreed after earlier fighting left at least
five people dead.
(MCOT online news)
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