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22 April 2011 :: 11:04:27 am 53028

Eight Thai Soldiers Wounded In New Border Clash with Cambodian Troops

SURIN, April 22, 2011 – Eight Thai soldiers were wounded in a renewed border clash with Cambodian troops near the Ta Kwai temple in Surin on Friday morning.
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Three artillery shells fired by Cambodian troops fell on the Thai side of the border in Phanom Dong Rak district,  causing wounds among eight Thai military personnel. The soldiers were directly evacuated to Phanomdongrak hospital.

Residents of 36 villages in Thailand’s Bakdai and Kap Choeng districts, living about three kilometres from the clash site have evacuated to two temporary shelters.

The clash reportedly included at nearby Ta Muan Thom temple.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was informed of the incident and cooperation for negotiation has been done in an attempt to end fighting, said Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn.

 

The last fighting between the two sides occurred in February at the Si Sa Ket border. The four-day skirmish left at least 10 people dead.

A Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) meeting was held earlier this month in Bogor,  Indonesia. Both countries planned to send a joint team to survey border posts and discuss how to select a company to take aerial photos of the disputed border.

Ties between Thailand and Cambodia have been strained since Preah Vihear was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008.

The World Court ruled in 1962 that the temple belonged to Cambodia, but a 4.6 square kilometre (1.8 square mile) surrounding area remains in dispute as both countries claim ownership of the tract.

Credit by: MCOT online news

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