Thai army shelled and destroyed part of Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple
PHNOM PENH, February 6, 2011 (PRU) –Cambodia’s military told the Press and Quick Reaction Unit (PRU) of the Office of the Council of Ministers on Sunday that Thai army resumed heavy shelling on Cambodia’s troops around6:40 p.m.
“A wing of our Preah Vihear Temple has collapsed as a direct result of the Thai artillery bombardment,” said a Cambodian military commander based near the 900-year-old Temple.
“The Thai army began shooting at us first, we are taking self-defense and retaliatory measures, now,” he said, stressing that the Thais had not honored the ceasefire of Saturday.
The commander also said that the Thai army also used gas shell as they fired 130 mm artillery rounds at Cambodian soldiers.
(Reporting by Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Office of the Council of Ministers)