Up to eight people have been killed in the latest clashes between anti-government red shirt protesters and security forces on the streets of the capital Bangkok.

The total death toll over the past three days now stands at 24. It is unclear if those killed were all protesters but it is known that none of the dead were soldiers. 

Government troops, meanwhile, continue to surround the red shirts, who have been camped in the centre of Bangkok for two months now.

Troops have also been declaring certain areas "live-fire zones".

This means security forces will use live ammunition against protesters trying to enter these areas.

Speaking for the first time since the latest round of violence began on Thursday, Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand's prime minister, made it clear that his soldiers would not back down.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

Source: Al Jazeera