02 May '11, 12pm

Evacuees head home as Thai-Cambodia tensions ease

Evacuees head home as Thai-Cambodia tensions ease

BANGKOK : Thousands of civilians who fled the deadliest fighting in decades on the Thai-Cambodian border have returned home as tensions ease on the disputed frontier, officials said Monday. Although sporadic skirmishes continued, the situation had improved enough for many of the 85,000 people who authorities said sought refuge in temporary camps or temples on both sides to return to their villages. "People started returning home after the authorities analysed the situation and established there is not likely to be any problem," said Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. "The military will monitor the border. We will remain very careful," he added. In northeast Thailand, evacuation centres along the border were reported to have begun closing as civilians headed home following more than a week of cross-border artillery shelling. In Cambodia, the deputy president of the Nati...

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