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12 dead in border clashes

Three days of fighting along the disputed stretch of the Thai-Cambodian border over the weekend have claimed the lives of 12 people.

Tuesday 26 April 2011, 06:21AM


While the guns have been silent today, three days of fighting along the disputed stretch of the Thai-Cambodian border over the weekend have claimed the lives of 12 people.

Seven Cambodian and five Thai soldiers have been confirmed killed after the two sides exchanged artillery and small arms fire along the disputed border.

It is the first serious outbreak of hostilities since February when 10 people were killed in clashes near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, prompting the UN Security Council to call for a lasting ceasefire.

The atmosphere on the border now remains tense, but fighting appears to have abated, at least for the time being.

Thousands of locals have already been evacuated from the region.

 

 

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