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Byline: The Nation.
Several hundred Thai gamblers at casinos in Cambodia scurried back to Thailand yesterday through a border checkpoint in Surin's Kap Choeng district following a gunfight between Thai and Cambodian troops in neighbouring Si Sa Ket province.
More than 300 shops around the Chong Jom border checkpoint have shut down for security concerns even though the post has not been ordered closed by Thai authorities, said chief customs official Phisai Wongsiri.
Sitthiphorn Bangkaew, chief of the provincial commerce office, said local businesses, especially those owned by Cambodians, would suffer if the Chong Jom border checkpoint were closed. …