Fighting broke out again in the Thai-Cambodia border area last night, adding to the destruction already caused by the previous two days of clashes.
Villagers flee their villages on pickup trucks to escape a fresh round of border fighting in Kantharalak district of Si Sa Ket yesterday. PHONGTHAI WATTANAVANITVUT
10:00 a.m. There has been some minor fighting in the same area this morning, but the situation is basically much the same as it was last night when this story was published.
Fighting flares anew on border
Cambodia says temple damaged by artillery
Fresh fighting has erupted along the border with Cambodia in Si Sa Ket's Kantharalak district, ending a brief ceasefire.
The first shots were fired yesterday in border areas near tambon Phu Pha Mok in Kantharalak about 1.30pm.
The fighting included artillery fire and shots from small firearms and lasted about 15 minutes. No deaths or injuries were reported.
A more severe exchange began at 6.30pm and lasted until about 9.40pm, with heavy artillery fire being exchanged between Cambodian and Thai troops centred on Don-aow village in tambon Rung, Kantharalak, near Preah Vihear temple.
The Cambodian government said the 11th-century Hindu temple was damaged in the firefight.
''A wing of our Preah Vihear temple has collapsed as a direct result of the Thai artillery bombardment,'' said a military commander in a statement released by Phnom Penh last night.
Several communities on Thai soil were also damaged by artillery shells and at least 12 people were injured, including two civilians.
Ambulances were seen rushing in and out of the area to take injured people to hospital.
Several petrol stations in Kantharalak switched off their lights to avoid being targeted by Cambodian troops.
Many residents evacuated Kantharalak, causing traffic congestion in the district.
Locals said they feared flames from artillery fire by Thai troops during the night would be visible to Cambodian troops, enabling Cambodian soldiers to pinpoint the Thai positions.
An injured soldier is being treated by medics as he arrives from the border clash spots. PHONGTHAI WATTANAVANITVUT
A military unit commander stationed near the disputed area told the Bangkok Post Cambodian soldiers launched rocket-propelled grenades and several artillery rounds at Thai military camps at Don-aow pass and at homes in Don-aow and Phum Saron villages.
''They were trying to take over Don-aow pass [which lies in the 4.6-square-kilometre disputed area near Preah Vihear], an important strategic route,'' the commander said.
''Cambodian forces have fired artillery rounds that have landed close to Thai positions,'' Gen Pol Vey, commander of Cambodia's front-line forces, was quoted by the Associated Press as telling Deum Ampil Radio.
He also claimed his troops had secured important strategic locations.
Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd denied the claim and said the Thai side had fired only in retaliation.
''Cambodian troops started firing into Thai territory and we fired back,'' he said. ''We retaliated and gave them what they deserved.''
He said the weaponry used last night by the Cambodian side included Soviet-made BM-21 rocket launchers which have a range of at least 20 kilometers.
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flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
round – one of a series of events, activities, etc. รอบ
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
flare – to suddenly become violent or angry ระเบิด (อารมณ์, ความรุนแรง)
anew – to do something again from the beginning or to do it in a different way อีกครั้ง
artillery – large powerful guns that are used by an army and are moved on wheels or fixed in one place ปืนใหญ่
erupt – to start suddenly ปะทุขึ้น
brief – lasting for only a short time ระยะเวลาสั้นๆ
ceasefire – an agreement to top fighting for a period of time การหยุดยิง
firearms – guns อาวุธปืน
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
exchange of fire – when two opposing sides shoot at each other
troops – soldiers, especially in large numbers กองทหาร
century – a period of one hundred years ศตวรรษ
collapse – falling down suddenly การพังลงมา
bombardment – attacking a place by firing large guns at it or dropping bombs on it continuously การโจมตีโดยการใช้ระเบิดหรือปืนที่มีอานุภาพร้ายแรง
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
release – to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
shell – a weapon consisting of a metal container filled with a substance that explodes, fired from a large gun กระสุนปืนใหญ่
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
civilian – of someone who does not belong to the armed forces or the police พลเรือน
ambulance – a vehicle for taking people to hospital รถพยาบาล
target – to deliberately try to attack someone or something เป้าหมาย
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
evacuate – to cause to leave a place because it is not safe เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
traffic congestion – roads that are very crowded with vehicles รถติด
flames – the brightly burning gases that you see coming from a fire เปลวไฟ, เปลวเพลิง
visible – able to be seen ที่มองเห็นได้
enable – to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible ทำให้เป็นไปได้
pinpoint – to discover exactly where something is หาตำแหน่ง
station – to cause, especially soldiers, to be in a particular place to do a job ตั้งฐานปฎิบัติการ,ตั้งประจำ
disputed area – an area claimed by two or more countries, groups or people พื้นที่ที่เป็นกรณีพิพาท
launch – to send something out, such as a rocket into the air or into space ปล่อย
rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) – any hand-held, shoulder-launched weapon capable of firing an unguided rocket equipped with an explosive warhead
round – a bullet or a shot that is fired from a weapon นัด(กระสุน) ชุดยิง
pass – a road or way over or through mountains ทางผ่าน
strategic – carefully planned in order to achieve a particular goal, especially in war, business, or politics ทางยุทธศาสตร์
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
claim – to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it อ้าง
secure – to get or achieve something ได้รับ, ทำให้ได้ผล
deny – to not allow someone to have or do something ไม่ยอมรับ, ปฏิเสธ
retaliation – doing something harmful or unpleasant to someone because they have done something harmful or unpleasant to you การตอบโต้,การแก้แค้น
deserve – of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities สมควรได้รับ
range – the distance over which something can travel or be seen or heard วิถียิง, ระยะทางจากอาวุธถึงเป้า
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