Clash breaks out anew between Cambodian, Thai troops near Preah Vihear temple

February 7, 2011 12:22 pm 

PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia, Feb. 7 — Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged fire early Monday at about 8:10 a.m. local time in the region of Tasem near Preah Vihear temple, the world heritage.

It is the fifth military clash between the two troops in four days. Both sides used heavy weapons including rockets, machine guns, mortars and artillery.

Many locals have been evacuating from the areas, an on-the-spot reporter said. No immediate report about the deaths and wounds was available.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday night sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council requesting to convene an urgent meeting to stop Thai invasion into Cambodian territory.

The clashes have already caused many seriously damages to the temple of Preah Vihear, a World Heritage, according to the report from Cambodian military stationed at the border area.

Both sides have been blaming the other of launching the fire first.

The border between Thailand and Cambodia has never been completely demarcated and the issue of Preah Vihear temple has been an age-old dispute.

Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008. Just a week after the enlistment, Cambodia and Thailand have had border conflict due to Thai claim of the ownership of 1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a military build-up along the border, and periodic clashes between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides. (PNA/Xinhua)

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