Heavy fighting reported in Thailand

Media reported that heavy fighting and explosions have been occurred near the five-star Dusit Thani hotel in Bangkok early Monday morning, forcing guests to shelter in the basement. Reportedly, gunfire came both from government forces and protesters holed up inside the encampment. Anti-government protest spread to other areas of the capital Monday morning.

Meanwhile, hospital authorities reported that renegade security chief  Major-General KhattiyaSawasdipol, a military leader of  “Red Shirts” had died of gunshot wounds, five days after he was shot by a sniper.

According to Thailand’s main emergency medical centre 30 people have been killed and over 232 wounded in four days of street fighting between Red Shirt protesters and troops in central Bangkok.

Earlier on Sunday, Thai authorities set a deadline of Monday afternoon for red-shirt protesters to leave their camp in central Bangkok.  The government offered safe passage on Sunday for any protesters who wished to leave their encampment.