Thailand, Cambodia Clash Near Temple

Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged on their border fire for a second day on Saturday in a brief clash that killed a Thai soldier, the latest flare-up in a long-running feud over land around an 11th-century temple.

The fighting is the latest flare-up in on-again off-again tension between the neighbors and could inflame passions among Thai pro-establishment “yellow shirt” protesters demanding Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva take a tougher line against Cambodia.

The Thai soldier was killed, and four were wounded, in a two-sq-mile disputed area around the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, a jungle-clad escarpment claimed by both countries.

The neighbors fought with rocket-propelled grenades and guns for about 25 minutes before reaching a ceasefire in the early afternoon and agreeing not to reinforce troops.

That followed an intense two-hour clash on Friday in which three Cambodians, including two soldiers, and a Thai villager were killed, the first fatalities in the militarized border area since a Thai soldier was shot dead on January 31, 2010.

Complete article via Reuters

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