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Travellers warned to avoid Thai-Cambodia temple dispute

Fighting has broken out along the border between Cambodia and Thailand in an area close to the Preah Vihear temple
UNESCO World Heritage Temple, Preah Vihear Khmer
Travellers
are advised against visiting the Preah Vihear temple or the surrounding
area on the Thai-Cambodia border after fighting broke out between the
two countries late last week. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
advise against all travel to the UN World Heritage site due to the
violence.

The 11th Century Hindu temple belongs to Cambodia under a 1962 international court ruling that is disputed by many Thais.

There has been heightened tension in the region since Cambodia won World Heritage status for the temple in 2008.
The latest fighting has claimed five lives since Friday and thousands of villagers have been evacuated.
Despite being just a three-hour drive away from the temples
of Angkor Wat, the ongoing row has kept visitors away from the
900-year-old ruins.
Cambodian troops have turned the temple site into an armed camp. A
group of soldiers said they thought the Thais wanted to capture the
temple because it would bring in tourist dollars.
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