Thousands of refugees have been evacuated from a camp north of Phnom Penh, the Khmer republic capital, following heavy attacks by communist-led insurgents.
Aerial view Long Vek camp
SV Women and children clammering around helicopter
SV Troops pushing in front of civilians to board helicopter
SV Helicopter takes off with boy hanging from doorway
SV Refugees waiting for next helicopter
SV Wounded soldier among refugees
GV American transport plane drops ammunition by parachute
SV Refugees move cattle from camp area
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Background: Thousands of refugees have been evacuated from a camp north of Phnom Penh, the Khmer republic capital, following heavy attacks by communist-led insurgents.
The Long Vek camp -- 26 miles (42 kilometres) north west of the capital, -- was abandoned about ten days ago when an estimated 3,000 insurgents attacked it.
Some 5,000 troops and 20,000 civilians had gathered at the camp after being driven out of other bases in the area, but fled during the insurgents' attack.
A few days later, the troops regrouped near the camp and launched a counter attack, forcing the insurgents to withdraw.
The civilians have been evacuating the area, dither beading south towards Phone Penh of ecrambling aboard government helicopters to be flown to ???for areas.
Government forces have continued air and artillery assaults. against the insurgents around Long Vek. But the insurgents have kept up heavy pressure on the camp, pounding it with shells and rockets.
Meanwhile, fighting has continued in most parts of the country, with the insurgents increasing their ranks and intensifying their attacks, apparently preparing for an assault on Phnom Penh itself.