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300 Families of Siem Reap Squatters Face Eviction

Authorities say 300 families in Siem Reap, the gateway city to the famed temples of Angkor Wat, face eviction.

Officials from Apsara, the government authority that takes care of the temples and tourism in the city, said Friday the land belongs to the government and the squatters must leave.

Siem Reap has seen a boom in development in recent years, and tourism to the temples is one of the strongest economic engines in the country. As a result, the city and province around it have experienced growing pains.

Some squatter houses and fences have already been knocked down to spur the move, officials said.