Bangkok: A Thai soldier was killed in
fresh fighting with Cambodian troops, the army said on Tuesday,
raising the death toll from the worst border clashes in
decades to 18, despite some signs of easing tensions.
Three more Thai troops were wounded in the skirmishes
yesterday and early today, said Colonel Sukit Subanjui, a Thai
army spokesman in the northeast border region.
"Both rounds of fighting involved assault rifles and
mortars," he said.
Despite the continued sporadic clashes, the situation
had improved enough yesterday for many of the 85,000 civilians
who had sought refuge in temporary camps or temples on both
sides to return home, authorities said.
Eight Thai troops and nine Cambodian soldiers have
died since April 22 in the conflict around two disputed
temples on the border. Bangkok has said a Thai civilian was
also killed and some homes were damaged on both sides.
An attempted truce announced on Thursday after
military-level negotiations proved short-lived, but the
fighting has since become less intense and appears to be
confined to a smaller area away from civilian