Thai and Cambodian Troops Exchanged Gunfire

Thailand confirms 4 injured Thai Troop and 1 dean of Cambodian troops, claiming that Cambodian side open fire first. Thailand also protested to Cambodian Embassador.

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Cambodia claims new border clash with Thailand

(BangkokPost.com) – Cambodian officials were quoted by news wire services that Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged gunfire along a disputed border for about 10 minutes on Wednesday afternoon.

The firefight took place at Kantalak district, Si Sa Ket province.

“Cambodian and Thai troops are opening fire at each other now,” Cambodian Brig Gen Bun Thean told AFP from the scene.

Reuters photographer Chor Sokunthea at the scene was also quoted that he heard gun fire. “One rocket flew from Thailand over my head and landed. Now you can hear the fighting. They’ve opened fire,” he was quoted as saying.

Preab Tan, governor of Cambodia’s northern Preah Vihear province, also confirmed the fighting. “I can confirm there was fighting between Cambodians and Thais. The Thais fired at us first,” Preab Tan told Reuters.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_….php?id=131435

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Govt to protest to Cambodia over battle

(BangkokPost.com) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will invite Cambodian charge d’affaires to Thailand Ouk Sophoin to receive an official protest, following the armed confrontation between troops from the two countries, Information Department director-general and Foreign Ministry spokesman Tharit Charungvat said on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Tharit asserted Thai soldiers did not start the shooting, but the gunfight was acted in self-defence, as stated in Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations (UN).

As for the evacuation plan for the Thais living in Cambodia, he said his ministry already coordinated with Thai Airways (THAI) to bring them home. Three THAI flights were available to the neighbouring country.

Approximately 1,000 Thai people lived in Phanom Penh and about 400 to 500 Thais were in Siem Reap.

Meanwhile, both sides accused one another for inciting the brief gunfight on Wednesday. Four Thai soldiers were wounded and one Cambodian soldier was killed in the gunfight, according to army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_….php?id=131438

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