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Houses Destroyed, Thai Soldiers Blamed

Cambodian military officials claim Thai soldiers crossed into Cambodia and burned homes in Banteay Meanchey province.

The officials, speaking by telephone Wednesday to VOA Khmer, said six homes were destroyed. They claimed some 300 Thai soldiers were involved in the incident.

The officials, including Col. Khuon Vanna of a border unit and Hay Nam Heng, a commune chief in the town of the Poipet, said the Thai soldiers told villagers that they destroyed the homes because they were illicitly built on disputed territory.

The Thai Embassy's military attache to Cambodia was reached by telephone in Thailand and said he knew no details of the incident. The Thai ambassador could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

Click on the above links to listen to an updated version of the story reported by VOA's Sok Khemera, which focuses on the Cambodian government's reactions to the incident.