Provinces Near Thai-Cambodian Border Brace for Possible Tensions
Villagers residing along the Thai–Cambodian border have been notified of an immediate evacuation plan, for fear of possible fresh clashes, after Thailand’s withdrawal from the World Heritage Convention.
Meanwhile, the Region 2 Army commander has reaffirmed troop readiness for combat.
Region 2 Army Commander, Lieutenant General Tawatchai Samutsakhon, along with Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Governor Rapee Phongbupakit, local Red Cross members and business people, visited the 26th Army Ranger Company in Surin’s Phanom Dongrak District to give cash aid to families of military officers and volunteer rangers who were killed on duty in clashes along the Thai-Cambodian border, to boost their morale.
Tawatchai said the Army is reorganizing troops for combat and has prepared reinforcements as well as emergency plans.
He added that both Thai and Cambodian troops are in constant communication, and relations remain normal.
There have been no additional reinforcements on the Thai side, but soldiers have been instructed to be on high alert.
In Buriram Province, Provincial Governor Thanee Samartkit has urged the military, police, and other security agencies in Baan Kruad and Laharnsai districts to step up safety measures and surveillance along the border, to prevent possible clashes.
Most recently, there have been reports of mysterious gunfire from the Cambodian side, but no mobilization of troops or weapons was seen at the border.
Thanee said the Comptroller’s General Department is considering a budget for the construction of bunkers at border villagers in the two districts.