Schools in Thai-Cambodian border town close during World Court verdict reading

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BURI RAM, Nov 10 – Forty schools in this Thai province bordering Cambodia were ordered to temporarily close for safety of students in the wake of the Nov 11 verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the interpretation of the Preah Vihear case.

Buri Ram Primary Education Service Area 2 has announced the closure of 40 schools along the Thai-Cambodian border on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the aftermath of the ICJ verdict, as well as possible clashes between troops of both sides.

Teachers and administrators however will stay at schools to monitor the situation around the clock. Makeup classes will be provided after the tension eases.

Meanwhile, the situation at the Thai-Cambodian border in Sa Kaeo province remained normal on Sunday.

About 2,000 Cambodian-owned shops in Thailand’s Rong Kluea Market opened for trade as usual to many locals and tourists.

Pol Lt Col Benjapon Rodsawas, deputy commissioner of Sa Kaeo Immigration Police, said he believes there will be no violent incidents which will affect the situation at Aranyaprathet Border Pass, especially at Rong Kluea Market.

He noted that the Aranyaprathet border area has not been affected by any previous Thai-Cambodian border clashes.