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Fresh fighting on Thai-Cambodian border; 15,000 evacuated

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SI SA KET, Feb 7 – Cambodian troops using semi-automatic rifles, mortars and recoilless rifles fired on a Thai military base in Si Sa Ket province bordering Cambodia Monday morning for a fourth straight day, but Thai troops did not retaliate, according to the Thai Second Army Region.

The latest firing which began around 8am Thailand time lasted only a few minutes. The shooting followed heavy round of fighting involving artillery and shots from small firearms Sunday evening leaving 15 Thai soldiers and two civilians wounded.

Local authorities ordered the urgent evacuation of all villagers in Phum Srol district amid reports of Cambodian troop reinforcements at the border.

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