Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Friday, April 22, 2011

3 Thai soldiers killed in clashes with Cambodian troops

At least three Thai soldiers were killed Friday in a new round of clashes with Cambodian troops in a disputed border region, a military official said.

Thirteen other Thai troops were injured, Lt. Col. Siriya Khuangsirikul said.

The fighting broke out near two temples in the Phanom Dong Rak of southeastern Thailand's Surin province, Thai army spokesman Col. Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said.

A Cambodian foreign ministry spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Authorities evacuated between 7,000 and 10,000 residents to temporary shelters as clashes erupted, Ong-art Klarmpaibul of the Thai prime minister's office said in an interview with the Thai Public Broadcasting System.

Sunsern said the cause of Friday's clashes "is not yet known."

At least 10 people were killed when renewed fighting flared up in another disputed border area between the two nations in February, prompting the U.N. Security Council to issue a statement calling on both sides to implement a permanent cease-fire and "resolve the situation peacefully and through effective dialogue." (read more)