Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cambodia, Thailand exchange gunfire

In a serious escalation of tension, Cambodia and Thailand exchanged fire at a disputed border region where the two sides are fighting over an ancient World Heritage site.

Reports indicate two Cambodian soldiers were killed; seven Thai soldiers injured and ten Thai soldiers captured in the fighting over the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple.

The temple was built by Khmers, who were based in Cambodia, and was awarded to that country by the International Court of Justice in 1962.

Gunfire on Thai-Cambodian Border
New York Times - 2 hours ago
By SETH MYDANS BANGKOK - Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged rocket and rifle fire for about an hour on Wednesday, according to reports from the scene, threatening to escalate a tense confrontation at the border over a disputed 900-year-old ...
Fighting at Thai-Cambodia border kills 2 soldiers The Associated Press
Thai and Cambodia temple dispute spills over into deadly fighting Times Online