Thai air force on standby in row with Cambodia

A Thai air force official says Thailand has put jet fighters and C-130 aircraft on standby as war rhetoric heated up with Cambodia in a tense border dispute.

A Thai air force official says Thailand has put jet fighters and C-130 aircraft on standby as war rhetoric heated up with Cambodia in a tense border dispute.

The air force official, Group Captain Montol Satchukorn, called the moves “precautionary measures” a day after Cambodia issued an ultimatum to Thailand to pull back its troops from the border.

Mr Montol said today that jet fighters were on standby at bases nationwide and that C-130 transport planes were on alert in the capital, Bangkok.

Both sides said they had deployed additional troops to a disputed stretch of jungle near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, which has been a source of enmity between the two countries for decades.

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