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Built between the ninth and 11th centuries, Preah Vihear is dedicated to the Hindu diety Shiva and revered partly for having one of the most stunning locations of all the temples constructed during the Khmer empire — the most famous of which is Angkor Wat. It sits atop a 1,722-foot cliff in the Dangrek Mountains about 150 miles north of Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.

Tensions have risen in recent days because of demonstrations in the Thai capital, Bangkok, demanding that the government oust Cambodians from the area near the temple.

At least five people have died in the border clashes that began Friday — one civilian and one soldier from Thailand and one civilian and two soldiers from Cambodia. The Thai army said about 25 Thai soldiers have been wounded.

Associated Press writers Thanyarat Doksone, Todd Pitman and Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.