Cambodian troops are using a fragile truce with Thailand to dig fresh military positions and stack sandbags in and around an 11th century temple that has been the scene of intense artillery battles.

Cambodian troops are using a fragile truce with Thailand to dig fresh military positions and stack sandbags in and around an 11th century temple that has been the scene of intense artillery battles.

Four days of fighting has blackened hillsides surrounding the Preah Vihear temple and shrapnel from bomb blasts has chipped away at some of its ancient walls, but the damage was minimal and the structure remained intact.

Cambodian soldiers at the temple Tuesday said troops remained on high alert.

Cambodian officials said over the weekend that Thai artillery collapsed a “wing” of the temple, which Thai officials dismissed as propaganda. Tuesday was the first day journalists were able to visit the site since Cambodia made the claim.