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More Bunkers Being Built at Thai-Cambodian Border

Wittaya Yensabai 03.03.2011 01:42
450 new bunkers are being built along the disputed area to protect local villagers in the case of renewed fighting in the future.

450 new bunkers are being built along the disputed area to protect local villagers in the case of renewed fighting in the future.


Construction of new bunkers and repairs of those damaged during the four days of clashes between Cambodian and Thai troops near the disputed border area has begun, according to Somsak Suwansujarit, Governor of Thailand's Si Sa Ket province bordering Cambodia.




The Thai government has allocated the budget to build some 450 new bunkers at the Kantharalak border district and for repairs for nearly 300 old bomb shelters which were damaged during the bloody four-day clashes which began Feb 4, said Mr Somsak.

The planned building of more bunkers in the border area will provide better security for Thai villagers in case of possible renewed fighting between both sides in future, he said.

Most Thai villagers who had left their villages during the height of fighting have now returned to their homes as the situation has now returned to normal.

Governor Somsak led Buddhist villagers in his province to listen to prayers and honoured those Thais killed during the clashes.

With normalcy starting to return to the border, trade at the Thai province of Chanthaburi bordering Cambodia is again  at about Bt40 million (US$1.3 million) per day.




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