Friday, April 22, 2011

Cambodia-Thai border army clash anew, 6 dead




In the latest series of gunfire exchange in Southeast Asia, another fight erupted between Cambodian and Thai troops early Friday over their disputed land territory leaving three dead dead soldiers from both sides, the LA Times reported.
Because of this, Bangkok will file a protest to Phnom Penh for starting a fresh round of attack in the disputed border.
The border close to Thailand's Pa Nom Dong Rak district of Surin province was the site of the new clash, said Colonel Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, Thai military spokesman, the AFP reported.


Thai's spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said ths situation is now under control. He also said he did not he did not expect more fighting in the area.
Cambodia's spokesman Phay Siphan said a score of Thai army soldiers had crossed the border in Oddar Meanchey around a temple known as Ta Krabei in Cambodia and Ta Kwai in Thailand.Both countries accused the other of pulling the trigger first. Thai's Yutthana Viriyakitti, deputy governor of Surin said, "There was gunfire coming from Cambodia's side."
Pich Sokhin, provincial governor of Oddar Meanchey province, said the fighting started at 6:30 (7:30 EST) around the areas of Ta Moan and Ta Krabei temples.
Hundreds of Thai residents fled the Surin border, which is 360 kilometeres northeast of Bangkok. At least one house was damaged.
Siphan in Phnom Penh said, "This is a breach of the permanent ceasefire (called for by the) United Nations Security Council."
The two neighboring states have a dispute over a land near a 900-year-old Hindu temple that resulted into a four-day armed stand-off in February. At least ten people were killed during the clash that prompted the UN to appeal for a long-term ceasefire.
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