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23 April 2011 :: 11:04:12 am 53083

Thai-Cambodian Clash Continues From Friday

The border clash between Thai and Cambodian troops has resume after the Friday fighting in which at least six soldiers were killed.
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The military exchanged artillery and gunfire in jungle around Ta Krabey temple, which both countries claim.

The area is about 200km west of the disputed 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, where February clashes killed many people.

Thousands of civilians have been evacuated from the area.

“Fresh fighting started at around 0600 (2300 GMT Friday) with rifles and mortar shelling,” said Thai army spokesman Col Prawit Hookaew.

“We are negotiating to stop the fighting,” he added.

Cambodia said artillery shelling had also taken place.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from Saturday’s exchanges.

Until Friday, an informal truce had appeared to be holding.

Cambodia said three of its soldiers were killed on Friday and six wounded while a Thai spokesman said three of its soldiers had been killed and 11 injured.

Both sides blamed each other for the fighting.

Indonesia, the Chair of regional group Asean has called for an immediate ceasefire.

Preah Vihear temple was awarded to Cambodia in 1962 by an international court.

But both countries claim ownership of the surrounding area, and there have been several skirmishes there in recent years.

Other parts of the Thai-Cambodian border have not yet been formally demarcated, causing continuing tensions between the two countries.

Credit by: www.bbc.co.uk

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