Fifty Thousand Displaced in Thai-Cambodia Border Conflict

April 27, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Thai soldiers guard during a visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva after a deadly exchange of gunfire between Thai and Cambodian soldiers near the border on April 27. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
Thai soldiers guard during a visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva after a deadly exchange of gunfire between Thai and Cambodian soldiers near the border on April 27. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
The worst clashes along the Thai-Cambodian border in decades have sparked large evacuations of civilians.

Since Friday, an estimated 50,000 people on both sides of the border have been evacuated, fleeing from the recent violence in which until now 14 people were killed.

At the center of the decade-old dispute is the area of and near an ancient Hindu temple. The conflict took flight in 2008 when the temple was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Talks on a ceasefire between the two nations were canceled by Thailand on Wednesday, citing as reasons other obligations of Thailand’s defense minister and Cambodia’s unwillingness.

According to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Cambodia hasn’t stopped its attacks, while Cambodian authorities blame the Thais for the ongoing violence.

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