Renewed shelling kills 1 at Thai-Cambodia border

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 5, 2011 08:32

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian and Thai troops resumed an artillery duel along their disputed border Saturday, killing at least one Thai soldier as some of the two countries' fiercest battles in years entered a second day.

The fighting damaged an 11th century temple and forced thousands of people to flee.

It was unclear what sparked the latest clash, which lasted at least half an hour and came after a cease-fire was brokered late Friday.

Tensions between the Southeast Asian nations have risen in recent days because of pressure from powerful Thai nationalist groups that have been urging Bangkok to oust Cambodians from land near Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple that they claim is actually part of Thailand.

While full-blown war is unlikely, nationalist passions are inflamed on both sides — and no clear way to settle the territorial dispute.


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