24 Apr '11, 4am

Fresh clash at Thai-Cambodian border

Fresh clash at Thai-Cambodian border

SAMRONG, Cambodia: Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged heavy weapons fire for the third straight day on Sunday, officials from both countries said, after clashes on their joint border left 10 dead. Thousands of civilians have been forced to flee the disputed jungle frontier after fighting broke out on Friday, shattering a tense two-month ceasefire. A Cambodian field commander, Suos Sothea, said the fighting started at about 10:00 am local time (0300GMT) and both sides were firing mortars. "What we can confirm is it involves artillery shell fire," he said. A Thai official at the border also confirmed the resumption of hostilities and said "Cambodia opened fire first". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the neighbours should "exercise maximum restraint" and urged the pair to launch "serious dialogue" in order to resolve the issue, according to a spokesman on Saturday....

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