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Thai-Cambodia clashes spread east to Preah Vihear

Fighting has erupted
between soldiers from Cambodia and Thailand along their disputed
mountainous border for a fifth consecutive day.
Troops from both sides have been killed during four days of border clashes
Spokesmen from both sides said skirmishes broke out near the Preah Vihear temple on Tuesday.
The violence follows four days of fighting around the temple of Ta Krabey, 160km (100 miles) to the west.
At least 12 soldiers have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence between the two neighbours.
Parts of the Thai-Cambodian border have never been formally
demarcated, causing continuing tensions and firing nationalist sentiment
in each country.
The 11th Century hill-top temple of Preah Vihear is a particular flashpoint.
An international court awarded the temple to Cambodia in 1962
but both sides claim ownership of the surrounding area. At least 10
people were killed in clashes around the temple in February.
There was no information on whether the most recent exchange of fire at Preah Vihear had caused casualties.
MapBut it comes after days of fighting around Ta Krabey and
another temple, Ta Moan, which stand in jungle areas further to the west
that both sides claim.
Some 36,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, and the UN has called for a ceasefire.
On Saturday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the border
dispute could not be resolved by military means and both sides needed to
engage in “serious dialogue”.
BBC News
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