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Cambodian, Thai Border Fighting Still Continues

The gunfire exchange between Cambodian and Thai troops over the
border disputed area at the Ta Mon Thom temple and Ta Krabey temple in
Oddar Meanchey province still continues.
Chhum Socheat, spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Defense, said
Saturday that the clash began at 6:15 when Thai troops have started
their attack on Cambodian troops stationed at the Ta Mon Temple and
then at 6:40 a.m., Thai troops expanded their attacks on Cambodian
troops stationed at the Ta Krabey temple.
As of 8:40 a.m., the fighting still continues.
“The fighting is on a large-scale as Thai troops have been using all
types of sophisticated weapons — heavy guns, machine guns, and
artilleries to fire onto the temples and civil habitats around the
areas,” he said.
Immediate casualties are not available, he said.
Pich Sokhin, provincial governor of Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey
province, said that the provincial authority is using trucks to
evacuate villagers from the nearby fighting areas.
“As of 9:10 a.m. this morning, a large-scale attack still continues
and it’s reported that some of our soldiers were injured, ” he told
Xinhua by telephone on Saturday.
“And we have evacuated 595 families living nearby the fighting areas
to a safe shelter in the province’s Sarong district, some 30 kilometers
from the battle fields,” he added.
This is the second consecutive day of military clashes between
Cambodian and Thai troops over the border disputed areas after Friday’s
clashes claimed at least 6 lives of both sides’ troops and injured over
a dozen, forced thousands of both sides’ locals to flee home.
The most recent military clash reoccurred just more than two months
after the deadly clash on Feb. 4-7 at the border disputed area next to
the Preah Vihear temple, a World Heritage Site. 
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