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Disputed temple hit in Thai-Cambodian clashes

Border clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops have damaged a
disputed 11th-century temple, the Cambodian government said in a
statement on Sunday.
A Cambodian soldier guards an area near the Preah Vhear temple in Preah Vihear province
“A wing of our Preah Vihear Temple has
collapsed as a direct result of the Thai artillery bombardment,” said a
Cambodian military commander in a statement released by the Cambodian
government.

Violence has erupted on the border for the third day
a row, ending a ceasefire agreed after earlier fighting left at least
five people dead.

Ties between the neighbours have been strained since the temple was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008.

The
World Court ruled in 1962 that Preah Vihear itself belonged to
Cambodia, although its main entrance lies in Thailand and the
4.6-square-kilometre (1.8-square-mile) area around the temple is
claimed by both sides.

Source: AFP

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