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Thailand extends emergency in insurgency-hit south

Thailand extends emergency in insurgency-hit south

Thailand has extended a long-standing state of emergency in three insurgency-plagued southern provinces.
More than 4,300 people have been killed in the region since an Islamist insurgency flared in 2004. The emergency decree first applied in July 2005 has been renewed repeatedly since then.
Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the Cabinet approved a 60-day extension of the emergency decree Tuesday. It allows the suspension of some civil liberties and gives the military special peacekeeping powers in most parts of Yala, Pattana and Narathiwat provinces.
The extension was approved at the last Cabinet meeting of the outgoing government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. His Democrat Party lost the July 3 general election.


Updated : 2021-04-11 11:08 GMT+08:00