Sunday, 6 February 2011

Nearly 10 Thousands of Thai villagers at Thai-Cambodian border evacuated

via CAAI

BANGKOK, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- More than 5,150 villagers residing near the Phu Ma Khua military base west of Preah Vihear temple were evacuated after military clash between Thailand and Cambodia erupted Friday afternoon, Thai TV station Channel 9 reported Saturday.

Thailand's eastern Si Sa Ket province bordering Cambodia has provided temporary shelters for the evacuees.

The report said that the province will provide 30,000 baht (976 U.S. dollars) for the owners of home damaged by the artillery shelling and 50,000 baht (1,627 U.S. dollars) for the family of the dead.

Meanwhile, at Kantharalak district, another spot that one soldier was killed and the other 4 were wounded in a fresh clash early Saturday morning, about 3,605 villagers have already been evacuated. Provincial officers are providing dry food and temporary shelters to the villagers affected by Saturday morning's attacks.

Thailand and Cambodia first started artillery shelling and shooting on Friday afternoon around the disputed border areas near the Preah Vihear temple, the latest flare-up in an ancient row over the controversial land plot adjacent to the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple.

Editor: Lu Hui

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