26 Apr '11, 7am

Thailand, Cambodia exchange fire near World Heritage temple

PHANOM DONG RAK, Thailand : Thai and Cambodian troops opened a new front Tuesday in their deadliest fighting in recent history, despite mounting diplomatic pressure to end clashes that have left 13 dead. Tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes on both sides as heavy weapons fire pounded the jungle frontier, shattering a fragile ceasefire that had held since February. The two armies exchanged fire Tuesday near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, which has been the focus of strained relations between the neighbours since it was granted UN World Heritage status in 2008. Fighting erupted near the ruins at 1:30 pm (0630 GMT) and lasted for 30 minutes, said Thai army spokesman Colonel Prawit Hookaew. "They fired artillery and mortar and we retaliated," he said. Cambodia blamed Thailand for starting the clash. The fighting took place 150 kilometres (...

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