>Cambodia complains Thai troops damaged temple

>M-79 rocket was fired and lodged at the head of the naga creature.(Photo: Koh Santepheap).

Authorities in Cambodia have provided UNESCO with photographs of damage to a heritage listed temple, they say was caused by Thai soliders.

Cambodia has lodged an official complaint with the United Nation body accusing the troops of damaging the ancient Preah Vihear temple during a border shoot-out earlier this month.

A spokesman for Cambodia’s Council of Ministers, says a staircase and a sculpture of the mythical Naga creature were damaged by rocket fire at the 11th-century Khmer ruins.

The World Heritage Site is at the centre of a long-running territorial dispute between Cambodia and Thailand.

Preah Vihear is considered the most important example of ancient Khmer architecture outside Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

Although the World Court ruled in 1962 that it belonged to Cambodia, the most accessible entrance is in Thailand’s northeastern.

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