Satellite debris stirs border alarm

Troops from Thailand and Cambodia feared a military attack was underway on Monday morning after hearing an explosion over the disputed Thai-Cambodia border area near Preah Vihear temple.

Military command units from both sides promptly contacted each other to find out what happened.

It was later confirmed the explosion was caused by junk metal from a fallen satellite, not an artillery shell.

The Suranaree Task Force, which is overseeing the border, reported a blast in the sky and smoke above the ground to the north of tambon Sao Thong Chai, Kantharalak district, Si Sa Ket province.

That area was a battle zone between Thai and Cambodian troops in early 2011.

Authorities investigated and found metal shards in the area which were identified as parts of an old satellite that had fallen to Earth. No injuries were reported. 

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 05:32 PM
well its good to see that they have the brains to contact each other before retaliating. Well done both army's
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 01:27 PM
Sorry it was mine, forgot where I put it.
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 11:10 AM
Since they Court has already ruled, what legitimate reason is there for military forces to even be present?
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 09:27 AM
who's satellite was it??
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 08:54 AM
Isn't this not the first time old satellite debris has just happened to fall in this same area?
Discussion 6 : 10/12/2013 at 08:25 AM
Thank god there was a hotline between the two sides!

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