Emergency in deep South to be extended for 3 months


The Cabinet has agreed to extend the State of Emergency in three Southern provinces – Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani – for another three months, from December 20 to March 19, government deputy spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek said on Tuesday.

The areas under emergency include all districts in the three provinces except Srisakhon, Su-Ngai Kolok and Sukirin in Narathiwat, Betong in Yala and Maikaen and Maelan in Pattani.

The Cabinet agreed the extension would enable officials to hunt down and arrest insurgents who aim to undermine national security through violence and terror acts, as well as ensure the safety of people in these areas, she said.