Cambodia-Thais Fired on border dispute, 15 Oct. 2008 October 16, 2008Posted by chandrapong007 in Cambodia, Politics.
Three Thai troops missing, 10 captured, RCAF commanders say after diplomacy fails and border dispute turns violent; foreign embassies urge restraint on both sides.
An unnamed military officer at the Ministry of Defence also confirmed that the two sides engaged in battle at Veal Antri, saying that a Thai helicopter had fired on the Cambodian lines, with the Cambodians responding with anti-aircraft weapons.
Soldiers from both sides engaged in a brief firefight at Veal Antri on October 3, wounding three troops. Two Thai soldiers were badly wounded when they stepped on land mines two days later while patrolling near the Cambodian front lines.
Loun An, deputy governor of Oddar Meanchey province, said Cambodian and Thai troops have shelled each other, and some 40 Thai troops have been surrounded by Cambodian soldiers.
Ten Thai troops near Preah Vihear temple were captured during the clash, military officials said.
At least two Cambodian soldiers were killed and one injured in brief fighting with Thai troops around Preah Vihear temple Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, warning that further violence could lead to “large scale” hostilities between the two countries.
Fighting took place at Viel Intry, or Eagle Field, a patch of land near Preah Vihear temple, as well as at the Keo Sikha Svara pagoda and Phnom Trap, the ministry said in a statement.
Conflicts Casualty (up to 15 Oct. 2008)
Two Cambodian soldiers died.
Three Cambodian soldiers slightly wounded.
Three Thai soldiers lost their legs by stepping on landmine.
Seven Thai soldiers seriously wounded.
Three Thai soldier are missing.
Ten Thai soldiers captured.
Cambodian soldiers on patrol near the Preah Vihear temple. Thailand and Cambodia showed no signs of resolving their long-simmering spat over a disputed border area near an ancient temple, with Bangkok insisting its troops will remain in place.(AFP/Str)
A Cambodian commander talks on a two-way radio after fighting broke out with Thai soldiers
A Cambodian solider looks at Thai weapons after fighting at Sekha Kirisvarak pagoda near the disputed 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, 543 km (337 miles) north of Phnom Penh October 15, 2008. Thai and Cambodian troops fired rockets and small arms at each other on a disputed stretch of border on Wednesday, killing two Cambodians and prompting Bangkok to tell its citizens to return home.REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA)
A Cambodian soldier stands guard over 10 Thai troops captured during heavy clashes Wednesday on the border near Preah Vihear temple. AFP/TANG CHHIN SOTHY
Thai troops sit after surrendering at Sekha Kirisvarak pagoda near the disputed 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, 543 km (337 miles) north of Phnom Penh October 15, 2008. Cambodia’s army captured 10 Thai soldiers on Wednesday after a battle along a disputed stretch of border near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said.REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA)
Cambodian soldiers stand guard during the firefight, which flared after four months of tension over the Preah Vihear temple. Thailand has objected to Cambodia’s demands to have the temple declared a U.N. World Heritage site.
October 15, 2008
An armored vehicle drives past Anlong Veng, Cambodia, near the Thai border, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. A tense border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia erupted into a gunbattle that killed two soldiers Wednesday, but officials from both sides downplayed the violence and called for resolving the conflict through talks, not bullets.(AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Thai soldiers set-up artillery guns on the Thai-Cambodian border
Thai soldiers on a military truck drive to the front line after clashes with Cambodian troops. October 15, 2008
Comrades take an injured Thai soldier to a helicopter during clashes with Cambodian forces. Resurgent Thai nationalism in Bangkok has intensified the border tensions. October 15, 2008