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Soldier’s death takes fatalities to three

A Thai soldier who was seriously wounded in fighting between Thailand and Cambodia on Sunday has died from his injuries.
The death brings the number of Thais killed to three – two soldiers
and a civilian – since the border clashes flared up on Friday last week
in Si Sa Ket province. 
Thirty-four people were reported as injured.
Sgt Thanakorn Boonperm died at Khai Sapphasit Prasong Hospital in
Ubon Ratchathani province. He was among 14 Thai soldiers injured during
a clash in the Phu Makhua area of Kantharalak district in Si Sa Ket on
Sunday. The Si Sa Ket native suffered gunshot wounds to the head and
stomach.
Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha
will attend his bathing ceremony and visit soldiers deployed to secure
areas near the Preah Vihear temple in Si Sa Ket today.
Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul has ordered governors of
three provinces bordering Cambodia to set up shelters for residents
affected by the fighting.
The minister issued the order during a meeting yesterday in Surin
with the governors of Surin, Buri Ram and Sa Kaeo provinces. He said
authorities in border districts of the three provinces must build
shelters if the clashes resume.
Mr Chavarat visited Karb Choeng district in Surin and handed out
bags of essentials to people sheltering at Karb Choeng Withaya School.
Authorities in Karb Choeng have warned residents in tambons Darn,
Khok Takhian and Khoo Tan to prepare for evacuation. They will be moved
to a camp in Khok Sa-ard village in tambon Khoo Khan.
About 7,000 people have moved to the camp since Feb 7. They will be allowed to return home when tensions ease.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has supplied
mobile drinking water facilities, lighting units, tents, bags of basic
necessities and blankets to the Kantharalak district office and Ban Tha
Sawang School in tambon Non Samran, which now functions as an emergency
shelter.
Department chief Wibul Sa-nguanpong said 17 houses were damaged and
over 16,600 people, including eight monks, were evacuated to 40
shelters in 11 districts during the clashes along the border from
Friday to Sunday.
The Chong Jom border pass in Karb Choeng was reopened yesterday
after an end to shooting between Thai and Cambodian soldiers on Monday
night. Troops from the two sides manning the border at Ta Muan Thom and
Ta Kwai temples in Phanom Dong Rak district of Surin relaxed and
crossed the frontier to greet each other.
About 400 shops on the Thai side of the border pass remain closed.
Traders have removed products from their stores. Some returned to the
shops yesterday and said they would monitor the situation for a few
days before deciding whether to reopen for business.
Bangkok Post
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